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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Banquette \Ban*quette"\, n. A bench or seat for passengers on the top of a diligence or other public vehicle.

My brother-in-law . . . took refuge in the banquette.
--Mrs. Howe.


Banquette \Ban*quette"\, n. [F. See Banquet, n.]

  1. (Fort.) A raised way or foot bank, running along the inside of a parapet, on which musketeers stand to fire upon the enemy.

  2. (Arch.) A narrow window seat; a raised shelf at the back or the top of a buffet or dresser.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, "raised platform in a fortification," from French banquette (15c.), from Italian banchetta, diminutive of banca "bench, shelf" (see bank (n.1)).


n. 1 A (typically upholstered) bench-like seat that runs along a wall. 2 A similar bench in a military trench which soldiers stand on to shoot. 3 (cx dated English) A bench or seat for passengers on the top of a diligence or other public vehicle. 4 (context southern Louisiana eastern Texas English) A sidewalk.


n. an upholstered bench


In fortification, a banquette is a small foot path or elevated step along the inside of a rampart or parapet, by which the musketeers get up to view the counterscarp, or to fire on the enemies in the moat. These are generally a foot and a half (approximately half a metre) high, and almost three feet (approximately 90 cm) wide.

A banquette may also be an upholstered bench or a footbridge.

Usage examples of "banquette".

Argo as they overtopped the ramp alongside the bastion gorge and came upon the banquette behind the crenellated battlement.

Paula, who was stretched out on one of the banquettes and wrapped in several light wool traveling rugs.

A few people were eating at banquettes in the pub room, but it was mostly quiet.

Chinese red with red Naugahyde banquettes and round white paper lanterns strung like moons around the perimeter.

The young colored population of New Orleans were much given to flirting, at twilight, on the banquettes of the back streets.

A couple of matronly waitresses in red and white aprons and wilting caps maneuvered laden trays skillfully between the scarred red vinyl banquettes, and blue cigarette smoke wreathed to the nicotine-yellow ceiling.

And I could feel myself getting sucked right off that slick, vinyl banquette and into the Ellen Shepard affair.

Two women were seated in the kitchenette, one on a banquette and the other on a chrome dinette chair pulled close to a hinged table that was supported by one leg.

He pressed his body on top of hers, hard against the banquette, and at that exact moment, there was a tremendous explosion.

He had her carried into a nearby restaurant, and very sensibly laid on a banquette so he could examine her.

He could see she did, and he was near tears himself as he laid her down on the banquette again.

It led from below the banquette on the west side of the kiva to the fire pit.

Within the outer bar was an inner bar, an antiworld where many men and few women sat in arcs staring at hands of cards or kwik crosswords or architect's drawings or lawyers' briefs or escape routes, where bankruptcies and bereavements were entrained by a twingeing shake or nod of some great ruined head, and where, at this moment, behind a mephitic banquette of cigarette smoke, his back turned, Steve Cousins sat talking the higher shop with three bronzed pocked mug shots: the most exalted vil-lainspeak (no detail, just first principles) about getting back what you put in and this being life and this being it .

He duked the headwaiter five pounds and got the best table in the place, with squishy red leather banquettes to sit on and real English roses to look at beneath the painted Edwardian ceiling.

The impressive three-story space was composed of an ascending series of flying-carpet-like platforms each occupied by three or four boomerang-shaped tables with semicircular banquettes facing onto a dance floor that had been laseretched to resemble a vast Persian rug.