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Borrowed from French banquette, the diminutive form of banc.



banquette (plural banquettes)

  1. (military) A narrow area behind a defensive wall's parapet elevated above its terreplein and used by defenders to shoot at attackers.
  2. A bench built into a wall, especially (military) one built into a wall of a defensive trench, used for sitting and for shooting at attackers.
  3. (dated) A bench or similar seat on top of a diligence or other public vehicle.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Mrs. Howe
      My brother-in-law [] took refuge in the banquette.
  4. (US regional, Louisiana, Texas) A sidewalk.
    • 1899, Kate Chopin, The Awakening:
      The boys were dragging along the banquette a small “express wagon,” which they had filled with blocks and sticks.
    • a. 1969, John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces:
      “Get the hell away from that stove, Charmaine, and go play out on the banquette before I bust you right in the mouth.”
  5. An upholstered bench, e.g., along a wall of a restaurant or lounge area




  • IPA(key): /bɑ̃.kɛt/
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banquette f (plural banquettes)

  1. seat

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