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banquet


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Banquet  \Ban"quet\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  regale  one's  self  with  good  eating  and  drinking;  to 
  feast. 
 
  Were  it  a  draught  for  Juno  when  she  banquets,  I 
  would  not  taste  thy  treasonous  offer.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  partake  of  a  dessert  after  a  feast.  [Obs.] 
 
  Where  they  did  both  sup  and  banquet.  --Cavendish. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Banquet  \Ban"quet\,  n.  [F.,  a  feast,  prop.  a  dim.  of  banc  bench; 
  cf  It  banchetto  dim.  of  banco  a  bench,  counter.  See  {Bank} 
  a  bench,  and  cf  {Banquette}.] 
  1.  A  feast;  a  sumptuous  entertainment  of  eating  and  drinking; 
  often  a  complimentary  or  ceremonious  feast,  followed  by 
  speeches. 
 
  2.  A  dessert;  a  course  of  sweetmeats;  a  sweetmeat  or 
  sweetmeats.  [Obs.] 
 
  We'll  dine  in  the  great  room  but  let  the  music  And 
  banquet  be  prepared  here  --Massinger. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Banquet  \Ban"quet\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Banqueted};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Banqueting}.] 
  To  treat  with  a  banquet  or  sumptuous  entertainment  of  food; 
  to  feast. 
 
  Just  in  time  to  banquet  The  illustrious  company 
  assembled  there  --Coleridge. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  banquet 
  n  1:  a  ceremonial  dinner  party  for  many  people  [syn:  {feast}] 
  2:  a  meal  that  is  well  prepared  and  greatly  enjoyed:  "a  banquet 
  for  the  graduating  seniors";  "the  Thanksgiving  feast" 
  [syn:  {feast}] 
  v  1:  provide  a  feast  or  banquet  for  [syn:  {feast},  {junket}] 
  2:  partake  in  a  feast  or  banquet  [syn:  {feast},  {junket}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Banquet 
  a  feast  provided  for  the  entertainment  of  a  company  of  guests 
  (Esther  5;  7;  1  Pet.  4:3);  such  as  was  provided  for  our  Lord  by 
  his  friends  in  Bethany  (Matt.  26:6;  Mark  14:3;  comp.  John  12:2). 
  These  meals  were  in  the  days  of  Christ  usually  called  "suppers," 
  after  the  custom  of  the  Romans,  and  were  partaken  of  toward  the 
  close  of  the  day  It  was  usual  to  send  a  second  invitation 
  (Matt.  22:3;  Luke  14:17)  to  those  who  had  been  already  invited. 
  When  the  whole  company  was  assembled,  the  master  of  the  house 
  shut  the  door  with  his  own  hands  (Luke  13:25;  Matt.  25:10). 
 
  The  guests  were  first  refreshed  with  water  and  fragrant  oil 
  (Luke  7:38;  Mark  7:4).  A  less  frequent  custom  was  that  of 
  supplying  each  guest  with  a  robe  to  be  worn  during  the  feast 
  (Eccles.  9:8;  Rev.  3:4,  5;  Matt.  22:11).  At  private  banquets  the 
  master  of  the  house  presided;  but  on  public  occasions  a 
  "governor  of  the  feast"  was  chosen  (John  2:8).  The  guests  were 
  placed  in  order  according  to  seniority  (Gen.  43:33),  or 
  according  to  the  rank  they  held  (Prov.  25:6,7;  Matt.  23:6;  Luke 
  14:7). 
 
  As  spoons  and  knives  and  forks  are  a  modern  invention,  and 
  were  altogether  unknown  in  the  East,  the  hands  alone  were 
  necessarily  used  and  were  dipped  in  the  dish,  which  was  common 
  to  two  of  the  guests  (John  13:26).  In  the  days  of  our  Lord  the 
  guests  reclined  at  table;  but  the  ancient  Israelites  sat  around 
  low  tables,  cross-legged,  like  the  modern  Orientals.  Guests  were 
  specially  honoured  when  extra  portions  were  set  before  them 
  (Gen.  43:34),  and  when  their  cup  was  filled  with  wine  till  it 
  ran  over  (Ps.  23:5).  The  hands  of  the  guests  were  usually 
  cleaned  by  being  rubbed  on  bread,  the  crumbs  of  which  fell  to 
  the  ground,  and  were  the  portion  for  dogs  (Matt.  15:27;  Luke 
  16:21). 
 
  At  the  time  of  the  three  annual  festivals  at  Jerusalem  family 
  banquets  were  common.  To  these  the  "widow,  and  the  fatherless, 
  and  the  stranger"  were  welcome  (Deut.  16:11).  Sacrifices  also 
  included  a  banquet  (Ex.  34:15;  Judg.  16:23).  Birthday  banquets 
  are  mentioned  (Gen.  40:20;  Matt.  14:6).  They  were  sometimes 
  protracted,  and  attended  with  revelry  and  excess  (Gen.  21:8; 
  29:22;  1  Sam.  25:2,36;  2  Sam.  13:23).  Portions  were  sometimes 
  sent  from  the  table  to  poorer  friends  (Neh.  8:10;  Esther  9:19, 
  22).  (See  {MEALS}.) 
 




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