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A banquet is a large meal or feast. A banquet usually serves a purpose such as a gathering, a ceremony, or a celebration, and is often preceded or followed by speeches.
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- A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
- Come when the heart beats high and warm,
With banquet song, and dance, and wine!
- Fitz-Greene Halleck, Marco Bozzaris, in memory of the Greek revolutionary hero Markos Botsaris.
- I shall treat the bird as befits him, I shall treat Anzud as befits him. I shall greet his wife affectionately. I shall seat Anzud's wife and Anzud's child at a banquet.
- Lugalbanda, in Lugalbanda and the Anzud Bird, Ur III Period (21st century BCE).
- Hommes, femmes et enfants, à vous de choisir; vous pouvez rester esclaves dans l'état de colonie, ou devenir indépendant et libre, au milieu des autres peuples qui, de leurs voix toutes puissantes vous convient au banquet des nations.
- Men, women and children, the choice is yours; you can remain slaves in the state of colony, or become independent and free, amongst the other peoples that, with their powerful voices beckon you to the banquet of nations.
- Honoré Mercier, speech of April 4, 1893.
- Born but to banquet, and to drain the bowl.
- Alexander Pope, The Odyssey of Homer (poetic interpretation, 1725) Book X, Line 662.