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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: Old Italian banchetto, from banca; BANK1

banquet

noun
     
ban‧quet [countable]
1DLDF a formal dinner for many people on an important occasion:
a state banquet (=one attended by heads of government and other important people)
2 a large and impressive meal
WORD FOCUS: meal WORD FOCUS: meal
meals at different times of day: breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea British English, dinner, supper

a meal outside: picnic, barbecue also barbie informal, cookout American English

when you quickly eat a little food : snack, a bite to eat

a very big meal for a lot of people: banquet, feast

parts of a meal: starter British English, appetizer American English (the first course)
main course
/entree especially AmE, side dish (eaten with the main course)
dessert
also pudding sweet British English (sweet food eaten at the end of the meal)


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meal
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