AskDefine | Define banquette

Dictionary Definition

banquette n : an upholstered bench

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English

Etymology

French. Diminutive of banca: of German origin

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A (typically uphostered) bench-like seat that runs along a wall.
  2. A similar bench in a military trench which soldiers stand on to shoot.

Extensive Definition

For the town in the United States, see Banquette, Texas
In fortification, a banquette is a little foot path or elevated step along the inside of a rampart or parapet, by which the musketeers get up to view the counterscarp, or to fire on the enemies in the moat. These are generally a foot and a half high, and almost three feet wide.
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