Banquette



a long bench with an upholstered seat, especially one along a wall, as in a restaurant.
an embankment for buttressing the base of a levee and forming a berm.
Chiefly Coastal Louisiana and East Texas. a sidewalk, especially a raised one of bricks or planks.
Fortification. a platform or step along the inside of a parapet, for soldiers to stand on when firing.
a ledge running across the back of a buffet.
a bench for passengers on top of a stagecoach.
Contemporary Examples

Dunst was hanging in a banquette with the designers of Rodarte.
Alexander McQueen Exhibit: Fashion’s Big Night Robin Givhan, Jacob Bernstein May 2, 2011

Historical Examples

Why, in getting up and down to and from the banquette you will have a great deal of hard climbing to do.
Rollo in Switzerland Jacob Abbott

Reader, hast ever travelled in the banquette of a diligence?
Arthur O’Leary Charles James Lever

Edna rang the bell at this side garden gate, and stood upon the banquette, waiting to be admitted.
The Awakening and Selected Short Stories Kate Chopin

I jumped from the banquette into a berth aboard some steamer out at sea.
Waring’s Peril Charles King

He can give up his place to a lady, and can climb up into a banquette.
He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope

But the bride said that she could not possibly ride on the banquette.
Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott

Rallying on the banquette, upon the return of the others, they in turn drove the Indians out of the fort.
South American Fights and Fighters Cyrus Townsend Brady

So Mr. Howland engaged the two places in the coupé, and one on the banquette.
Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott

On each side is a banquette, or sidewalk, ninety centimtres wide.
Paris William Walton

noun
an upholstered bench
(formerly) a raised part behind a parapet
a footbridge
n.

1620s, “raised platform in a fortification,” from French banquette (15c.), from Italian banchetta, diminutive of banca “bench, shelf” (see bank (n.1)).

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