from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hall in which banquets are held. Also called banqueting-hall.


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  • Mr. Romney flew to Columbia the day after winning big in New Hampshire and spoke to 500 people at a banquet-hall rally.

    Playing the Many South Carolinas

  • Here in Springfield, the day's students sipped coffee and chewed on peppermints while seated at folding banquet-hall tables.

    Conservative class on Founding Fathers' answers to current woes gains popularity

  • I have finally purchased an infrared heat lamp—like the ones you see at a banquet-hall carving station hanging over the prime rib.


  • The president is joking, my fellow journalists are laughing, and I'm sitting here swilling cheap banquet-hall chardonnay!

    Barrett Brown: National Review Changes Stance on Death Jokes

  • The confused and melodramatic scene in the banquet-hall between Nils Lykke and Skaktavl is of central importance, but what is it about?

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Jokes rooted in pain are nothing new, but it was extraordinary to have a banquet-hall of glamorous black-tied Africans laughing at the notion that South Africa is now in such a pitiful state that even they might want to flee.

    Did You Hear the One About Apartheid?

  • [10] It was always forbidden to bring chamber-pots into the banquet-hall, but the reason lay in their belief that the right way to keep body and brain from weakness was to avoid drinking in excess.


  • Often and often, then, God willing, my memory will recall this brilliant scene, and will re-illuminate this banquet-hall.

    Speeches: Literary and Social

  • Show a banquet-hall, too, if you can, and the people in it having a good time.


  • Fancy, for a banquet-hall, a royal orangery hung with white damask; the boxes of the shrubs transformed into so many sideboards; lights gleaming through the foliage; and, for guests, the loveliest women and most brilliant cavaliers of Paris.

    The Paris Sketch Book


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