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ban·quette  audio  (bng-kt) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A platform lining a trench or parapet wall on which soldiers may stand when firing.
  2. 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.
  3. A long upholstered bench placed against or built into a wall.
  4. A ledge or shelf, as on a buffet.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Provençal banqueta, diminutive of banca, bench, of Germanic origin


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