) KEY NOUN:
- A platform lining a trench or parapet wall on which soldiers may stand when firing.
- also ban·kit (bngkt) KEY Southern Louisiana & East Texas A raised sidewalk: "The flower of loafers . . . was found stretched on the banquette on Tuesday night" (New Orleans Daily Picayune). See Regional Note at beignet.
- A long upholstered bench placed against or built into a wall.
- A ledge or shelf, as on a buffet.
French, from Provençal banqueta
, diminutive of banca
, of Germanic origin