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 for banquet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Banquet \Ban"quet\, v. i.
     1. To regale one's self with good eating and drinking; to
        feast.
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              Were it a draught for Juno when she banquets,
              I would not taste thy treasonous offer. --Milton.
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     2. To partake of a dessert after a feast. [Obs.]
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              Where they did both sup and banquet.  --Cavendish.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. A dessert; a course of sweetmeats; a sweetmeat or
        sweetmeats. [Obs.]
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              We'll dine in the great room, but let the music
              And banquet be prepared here.         --Massinger.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           Just in time to banquet
           The illustrious company assembled there. --Coleridge.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  banquet
      n 1: a ceremonial dinner party for many people [syn: banquet,
           feast]
      2: a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed; "a banquet
         for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast"; "they
         put out quite a spread" [syn: banquet, feast, spread]
      v 1: provide a feast or banquet for [syn: feast, banquet,
           junket]
      2: partake in a feast or banquet [syn: feast, banquet,
         junket]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "banquet":
     Lucullan feast, Mardi Gras, Saturnalia, bean-feast, beano, blow,
     blowout, carnival, carouse, celebration, do, do justice to,
     eat heartily, eat up, fair, feast, feed, festal board, festival,
     festive occasion, festivity, fete, field day, fiesta, gala,
     gala affair, gala day, gaudy, great doings, groaning board,
     harvest home, high jinks, indulge, jamboree, joyance, jubilation,
     kermis, mad round, merrymaking, party, picnic, polish the platter,
     put it away, regale, regalement, repast, revel, revelment, revelry,
     round of pleasures, spread, treat, tuck, waygoose, wayzgoose,
     wine and dine
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  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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