American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A platform lining a trench or parapet wall on which soldiers may stand when firing.
- n. Southern Louisiana & East Texas A raised sidewalk: "The flower of loafers . . . was found stretched on the banquette on Tuesday night” ( New Orleans Daily Picayune). See Regional Note at beignet.
- n. A long upholstered bench placed against or built into a wall.
- n. A ledge or shelf, as on a buffet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, a raised way or foot-bank, running along the inside of a parapet breast-high above it, on which riflemen stand to fire upon the enemy.
- n. In medieval fortification, an advanced earthwork or palisaded defense outside of the ditch. The space between the ditch and the parapet was wide enough for a line of soldiers, but too narrow to allow of its being fortified if occupied by the besiegers. Formerly sometimes written banquet, as English.
- n. The footway of a bridge when raised above the carriageway.
- n. A bench for passengers, or the space occupied by benches, on the top of a French diligence, and hence of any public vehicle.
- n. A sidewalk.
- n. An elevated platform made of stones, running along the walls of cliff-dwellings and kivas.
- n. A (typically upholstered) bench-like seat that runs along a wall.
- n. A similar bench in a military trench which soldiers stand on to shoot.
- n. A sidewalk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A bench or seat for passengers on the top of a diligence or other public vehicle.
- n. (Fort.) A raised way or foot bank, running along the inside of a parapet, on which musketeers stand to fire upon the enemy.
- n. (Arch.) A narrow window seat; a raised shelf at the back or the top of a buffet or dresser.
- n. an upholstered bench
- French, from Provençal banqueta, diminutive of banca, bench, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_banquette_ on a fine summer's day is one of the most enjoyable places in life; it is cheap, and certainly not too rapid (five or six miles an hour being the average); and we can sit almost as comfortably in a corner of the banquette as in an easy-chair.”
“It is, when all is said and done, on the gallery that this city lives most of its life -- on the gallery even more than on the evening-thronged banquette, which is the sidewalk of the North, or the boulevards, or even the fragrant parks, where life flows in a fair, placid stream.”
“The compartment immediately beneath the banquette, which is the front compartment of the body of the coach, is called the _coupé_.”
“The banquette is a seat on the top of the coach, and though it is covered above, it is open in front, and so it affords an excellent view.”
“And almost on the other side of the curve of the banquette was a woman, who wasn’t terribly attractive.”
“Approximately four feet down, halfway to the floor, the wall widened abruptly into a bench called a "banquette" by the archaeologists.”
“But to the colonies these changes were not carried, and such changes as occurred in the French and English of America were, for the most part, separate and distinct (as exampled by such Creole words as "banquette" for "sidewalk," in place of the”
“Instead of the sleek, design-conscious interior you expected for so renowned an avant-garde restaurant, you are led to a red velvet, cushioned banquette and a table covered in thick white linens.”
“You might have to lengthen the sofa legs a bit to make it more like a banquette.”
“Among the inexplicable fashions and inspired dancing, I stood alone next to a banquette, and in a quiet, shocking moment realized the fogged-up atrium was filled with people I loved.”
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