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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
References in classic literature ?
After prayers we had dinner in a great banqueting hall which was lighted by hundreds of grease-jets, and everything was as fine and lavish and rudely splendid as might become the royal degree of the hosts.
And the steward left the banqueting hall to see the commands of his patron obeyed.
The Sheriff was already come with great pomp into the banqueting room, when Robin Hood and three or four butchers entered, and he greeted them all with great condescension; and presently the whole of a large company was seated at a table groaning beneath the good cheer of the feast.
Then there was a clatter of silver dishes, or golden ones, which made him imagine a rich feast in a splendid banqueting hall.
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.
She lifted the boy's hand lightly to her lips, and tripped across the acres of glimmering floor to the music-room that had been the Infant's ancestors' banqueting hall.
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.