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banquet (n.)

late 15c., "feast, sumptuous entertainment," from Old French banquet "feast," earlier simply "small bench," from Old Italian banchetto, diminutive of banco "bench," variant of banca "bench," which is from a Germanic source (see bench (n.)). Apparently originally "a snack eaten on a bench" (rather than at table), hence "a slight repast between meals;" if so, the meaning has entirely changed.

banquet (v.)

"to feast," c. 1500, from banquet (n.). Related: Banqueted; banqueting.

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Definitions of banquet from WordNet
1
banquet (v.)
provide a feast or banquet for;
Synonyms: feast / junket
banquet (v.)
partake in a feast or banquet;
Synonyms: feast / junket
2
banquet (n.)
a ceremonial dinner party for many people;
Synonyms: feast
banquet (n.)
a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed;
a banquet for the graduating seniors
Synonyms: feast / spread
From wordnet.princeton.edu