from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of feasting; luxurious living; rich entertainment; a feast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment).

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  • verb Present participle of banquet.
  • noun The act of holding a banquet for a person or group

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment)


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  • His father now ceremoniously conducted Mrs. Penniman to what he spoke of as the banqueting hall.

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  • Besides our sleeping houses, there was a large one intended for what Leo called our banqueting-hall.

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  • They went through a large hall, called the banqueting hall, to a window in front, through which a passage had been made for the king to his scaffold, which was built up in the street before the palace.

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  • The place which the Spoufe was broueht to, • the banqueting houfe, 'or houfe of wine, i.c. of feafting, be - caufe wine is a principal part of feafts; by which we are to un - derftand the order, or means, whereby Chrift: conveys his graces and bleiiings to believers; and there is none of all the. ordinances of the gofpel that may more fitly be called the banqueting or feaft - ixig houfe, than this of the Lord's fupper, which is the great got - pel feail wherewith Chrift entertains his people on earth.

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  • A bas-relief from Tell el-Amarna in Egypt shows Queen Nefertiti banqueting with her husband, the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten, although 'banqueting' may be too refined a term for this gluttonous display.

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  • Even George W Bush, who tried to portray himself as a homespun Texas rancher, would put on white tie and tails when banqueting with the Queen of England.

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  • In an earlier edition, this also appeared: "Even George W Bush, who tried to portray himself as a homespun Texas rancher, would put on white tie and tails when banqueting with the Queen of England" Cameron has spent years trying to play down his privileged background ..., 22 April, page 5, G2.

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  • Whitehall banqueting House ceiling, painted by Rubens.

    British architecture: The English Renaissance

  • The distinctive cultural trace of Brazil is anthropophagy -- from culture to technology, the legacy of a former, lazy European monarchy in a tropical country where the aborigines, after banqueting over the odd whitey, were merrily exterminated while Europeans and black slaves copulated freely, with no Catholic guilt involved (there's no sin below the Equator).

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  • We didn't chum with the other girls, who called us little cannibals, just because we came from the Sandwich Islands, and who made invidious remarks about our ancestors banqueting on Captain Cook -- which was historically untrue, and, besides, our ancestors hadn't lived in Hawaii.

    Chapter 5


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  • 2 of the 10 examples allude to cannibalism.

    ixig houfe indeed!

    December 29, 2012