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1. An elaborate, sumptuous meal; a feast.
2. A ceremonial dinner honoring a particular guest or occasion.
tr. & intr.v. ban·quet·ed, ban·quet·ing, ban·quets
To honor at or partake of a banquet.

[Middle English banket, from Old French, banquet, from Old Italian banchetto, from diminutive of banco, bench, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English benc, bench.]

ban′quet·er n.
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Noun1.banqueting - eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment)banqueting - eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment)
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
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When he entered the banqueting hall, whom should he see but Robin Hood himself.
The tables in the great banqueting room groaned under the weight of game of all kinds; of venison from the woods, and fish from the lakes, with hunters' delicacies, such as buffalos' tongues, and beavers' tails, and various luxuries from Montreal, all served up by experienced cooks brought for the purpose.
Here, in an immense wooden building, was the great council hall, as also the banqueting chamber, decorated with Indian arms and accoutrements, and the trophies of the fur trade.
There will be a boho themed pop-up banqueting marquee, with atmospheric hanging festoon lighting, fire pits and long, candlelit tables.
Modern additions such as a bar, kitchen, lighting, under-floor heating and toilets were also installed, to make the hall comfortable for 21st century guests whilst retaining the beauty and character of a medieval banqueting setting.
Al Bustan Centre and Residence in Dubai has recorded a 15% increase in revenue from its conference and banqueting facilities in Q1, 2013 compared to the same period last year.
Life Conference and Banqueting, situated at Newcastle's Centre for Life, is one of the first dedicated conference facilities in the city to offer its delegates a completely smoke-free environment.
Justine Hewitt, aged 21, has been appointed to the conference, banqueting and exhibition team at the multi-purpose development, which is the new home to Coventry City Football Club.
Then you are deflected either right towards the banqueting hall or left to a foyer in which space whooshes upwards and you can see, though not reach, galleries in which the circulation of the first and second floors is exposed.
Let us recall for a moment the contemporary association of banqueting with sexual dalliance - an association enhanced by the sensually stimulating and often explicitly aphrodisiac qualities of the dainties consumed in a banquet.(70) The association led to the frequent appearance of the banquet of sense as a topic in the neo-Ovidian erotic poetry that flourished in the early seventeenth century - poems typified by Thomas Carew's "A Rapture," in which the poet ravishes his mistress with sensual allurements, urging her to fly with him "to Loves Elizium":
ST GEORGE'S Hall is to be turned into a medieval banqueting hall for a special step back in time.
Newcastle Falcons are about more than just rugby, having unveiled their new experienced conference and banqueting team at the state-of-the-art Kingston Park Stadium.