1. An elaborate, sumptuous meal; a feast.
2. A ceremonial dinner honoring a particular guest or occasion.
tr. & intr.v. ban·quet·ed, ban·quet·ing, ban·quets
To honor at or partake of a banquet.
[Middle English banket, from Old French, banquet, from Old Italian banchetto, from diminutive of banco, bench, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English benc, bench.]
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