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Definition of "banquette" [ban•quette]

  • A platform lining a trench or parapet wall on which soldiers may stand when firing. (noun)
  • Southern Louisiana & East Texas A raised sidewalk: "The flower of loafers . . . was found stretched on the banquette on Tuesday night” ( New Orleans Daily Picayune). See Regional Note at beignet. (noun)
  • A long upholstered bench placed against or built into a wall. (noun)
  • A ledge or shelf, as on a buffet. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "banquette" in a sentence
  • "_banquette_ on a fine summer's day is one of the most enjoyable places in life; it is cheap, and certainly not too rapid (five or six miles an hour being the average); and we can sit almost as comfortably in a corner of the banquette as in an easy-chair."
  • "It is, when all is said and done, on the gallery that this city lives most of its life -- on the gallery even more than on the evening-thronged banquette, which is the sidewalk of the North, or the boulevards, or even the fragrant parks, where life flows in a fair, placid stream."
  • "The compartment immediately beneath the banquette, which is the front compartment of the body of the coach, is called the _coupé_."