[bang-ket; locally bang-kit for 3]
a long bench with an upholstered seat, especially one along a wall, as in a restaurant.
an embankment for buttressing the base of a levee and forming a berm.
Chiefly Coastal Louisiana and East Texas. a sidewalk, especially a raised one of bricks or planks.
Fortification. a platform or step along the inside of a parapet, for soldiers to stand on when firing.
a ledge running across the back of a buffet.
a bench for passengers on top of a stagecoach.

1620–30; < French < Provençal banqueta, equivalent to banc bench (see bank3) + -eta -ette Unabridged
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banquette (bæŋˈkɛt)
1.  an upholstered bench
2.  (formerly) a raised part behind a parapet
3.  a footbridge
[C17: from French, from Provençal banqueta, literally: a little bench, from banc bench; see bank³]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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