from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A platform lining a trench or parapet wall on which soldiers may stand when firing.
- n. 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.
- n. A long upholstered bench placed against or built into a wall.
- n. A ledge or shelf, as on a buffet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A (typically upholstered) bench-like seat that runs along a wall.
- n. A similar bench in a military trench which soldiers stand on to shoot.
- n. A sidewalk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bench or seat for passengers on the top of a diligence or other public vehicle.
- n. A raised way or foot bank, running along the inside of a parapet, on which musketeers stand to fire upon the enemy.
- n. A narrow window seat; a raised shelf at the back or the top of a buffet or dresser.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, a raised way or foot-bank, running along the inside of a parapet breast-high above it, on which riflemen stand to fire upon the enemy.
- n. In medieval fortification, an advanced earthwork or palisaded defense outside of the ditch.
- n. The footway of a bridge when raised above the carriageway.
- n. A bench for passengers, or the space occupied by benches, on the top of a French diligence, and hence of any public vehicle.
- n. A sidewalk.
- n. An elevated platform made of stones, running along the walls of cliff-dwellings and kivas.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an upholstered bench
French, from Provençal banqueta, diminutive of banca, bench, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, the diminutive form of banca, a term of Germanic origin. (Wiktionary)