1. A platform lining a trench or parapet wall on which soldiers may stand when firing.
2. also ban·kit (băngkĭt) Southern Louisiana & East Texas A raised sidewalk. See Note at beignet.
3. A long upholstered bench placed against or built into a wall.
[French, from Provençal banqueta, diminutive of banca, bench, of Germanic origin.]
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