banquette

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/bæŋˈkɛt/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(bang ket; locally bangkit for 3)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ban•quette  (bang ket; locally bangkit for 3),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Furniturea long bench with an upholstered seat, esp. one along a wall, as in a restaurant.
  2. Civil Engineeringan embankment for buttressing the base of a levee and forming a berm.
  3. Dialect Terms[Chiefly Coastal Louisiana and East Texas.]a sidewalk, esp. a raised one of bricks or planks.
  4. [Fort.]a platform or step along the inside of a parapet, for soldiers to stand on when firing.
  5. Furniturea ledge running across the back of a buffet.
  6. a bench for passengers on top of a stagecoach.
  • Provencal banqueta, equivalent. to banc bench (see bank3) + -eta -ette
  • French
  • 1620–30

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
banquette /bæŋˈkɛt/ n
  1. an upholstered bench
  2. (formerly) a raised part behind a parapet
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Provençal banqueta, literally: a little bench, from banc bench; see bank³
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