- A feast; a sumptuous entertainment of eating and drinking; often, a complimentary or ceremonious feast, followed by speeches.
- A dessert; a course of sweetmeats; a sweetmeat or sweetmeats.(Obs)"We'll dine in the great room, but let the music And banquet be prepared here." [Massinger.]
Etymology: F., a feast, prop. a dim. of banc bench; cf. It. banchetto, dim. of banco a bench, counter. See Bank a bench, and cf. Banquette