banquette








noun

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

noun

  1. an upholstered bench
  2. (formerly) a raised part behind a parapet
  3. 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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