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[bang-ket; locally bang-kit for 3] /bæŋˈkɛt; locally ˈbæŋ kɪt for 3/
noun
1.
a long bench with an upholstered seat, especially one along a wall, as in a restaurant.
2.
an embankment for buttressing the base of a levee and forming a berm.
3.
Chiefly Coastal Louisiana and East Texas. a sidewalk, especially a raised one of bricks or planks.
4.
Fortification. a platform or step along the inside of a parapet, for soldiers to stand on when firing.
5.
a ledge running across the back of a buffet.
6.
a bench for passengers on top of a stagecoach.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < French < Provençal banqueta, equivalent to banc bench (see bank3) + -eta -ette
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Examples for banquette
  • One of the two dining rooms is light and airy, with a banquette covered in champagne tones.
  • She sort of sat on it, and as the lunch went on she would slide lower and lower on the banquette, because the coat was silk-lined.
  • We talked in the restaurant downstairs from the lobby, in a banquette where she would not be seen, so not bothered.
British Dictionary definitions for banquette

banquette

/bæŋˈkɛt/
noun
1.
an upholstered bench
2.
(formerly) a raised part behind a parapet
3.
a footbridge
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Provençal banqueta, literally: a little bench, from banc bench; see bank³
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Word Origin and History for banquette
banquette
1620s, "raised platform in a fortification," from Fr. banquette (15c.), from It. banchetta, dim. of banca "bench, shelf" (see bank (1)).
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