• WordNet 3.6
    • n banquette an upholstered bench
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Banquette 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 ."
    • Banquette (Arch) A narrow window seat; a raised shelf at the back or the top of a buffet or dresser.
    • Banquette (Fort) A raised way or foot bank, running along the inside of a parapet, on which musketeers stand to fire upon the enemy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n banquette In fortification, a raised way or foot-bank, running along the inside of a parapet breast-high above it, on which riflemen stand to fire upon the enemy.
    • n banquette In medieval fortification, an advanced earthwork or palisaded defense outside of the ditch. The space between the ditch and the parapet was wide enough for a line of soldiers, but too narrow to allow of its being fortified if occupied by the besiegers. Formerly sometimes written banquet, as English.
    • n banquette The footway of a bridge when raised above the carriageway.
    • n banquette A bench for passengers, or the space occupied by benches, on the top of a French diligence, and hence of any public vehicle.
    • n banquette A sidewalk.
    • n banquette An elevated platform made of stones, running along the walls of cliff-dwellings and kivas.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Banquette bang-ket′ a raised way inside a parapet; the long seat behind the driver in a French diligence.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Banquet (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; It. banchetta, dim. of banca, seat.


In literature:

The boys were dragging along the banquette a small "express wagon," which they had filled with blocks and sticks.
"The Awakening and Selected Short Stories" by Kate Chopin
The young colored population of New Orleans were much given to flirting, at twilight, on the banquettes of the back streets.
"Life On The Mississippi, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Stalwart negresses with bright kerchiefs made way for us on the banquette.
"The Crossing" by Winston Churchill
A small boy ran back and forth upon the banquette, calling for help.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
The baggage is always stored upon the top of the diligence, behind the banquette, and directly over the interior and the rotonde.
"Rollo in Switzerland" by Jacob Abbott
I had been seated on the banquette since entering the sala, Saint Vrain beside me, in a retired corner of the room.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Mr. Howland then suggested that they should all ascend to the banquette.
"Rollo in Rome" by Jacob Abbott
Banquettes exist in some Tusayan kivas; in others, however, they are wanting.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
There I helped him out on the banquette.
"Waring's Peril" by Charles King
We can see so much better on the banquette.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott

In news:

Baguettes on the banquette .
Looking very back-lot Warner Brothers, a big, square room covered in well-trodden red industrial carpeting is flanked by vinyl banquettes of the same vintage as the seats in a 1955 Chevy - right down to the stuffing poking out of the rips.
The flatbreads , pizzas and some pasta dishes are cooked in a fiery hearth oven, and we occupied a corner banquette directly in front of the oven.
This sumptuous bastion of classic French cuisine exudes timeless glamour with its murals of seaside France, leather banquettes and elegant crowd.
Blond-wood tables, royal-blue banquettes and bentwood chairs make for a comfortable setting at Canton.
Eveleigh The banquettes on the back patio make for an oh-so-civilized start to your day.
Tucked in Capitol Hill's bustling Melrose Market, Sitka & Spruce channels both the rustic and urban aesthetic, with its open-kitchen, communal tables, and small section of in-demand banquettes.
The 40-seat space has wood paneling, a black-and-white tile floor, red leather banquettes, and a tin ceiling, evoking the look of Harry's New York Bar in Paris.
If you've never had a hot quail-legs shooter and you're dying to try one — or you're determined to check out every new restaurant in Preston Center — you may find yourself sliding onto a banquette at Ocho Kitchen + Cocktails.
Designing Restaurant Booths and Banquettes.
In the middle of the main room, diners sit side-by-side on a long, curvy banquette.
In part that's because it is in the 18th-century Huntting Inn and because of its pressed-tin ceiling and banquettes.
Panda Express banquette inside.
Top-Rated: 821 Market Street I adore a booth or banquette at a restaurant.
Steven Nehl/The Oregonian The dining area of Kathryn and Steve Grays' floating home has room to expand from the built-in banquette to accommodate the Grays' family of four children and eight grandchildren.