Banner fish (Zoöl.), a large fish of the genus Histiophorus, of the Swordfish family, having a broad
bannerlike dorsal fin; the sailfish. One species (H. Americanus) inhabits the North Atlantic.
(Ban"nered) a. Furnished with, or bearing, banners. "A bannered host." Milton.
(Ban"ner*et) n. [OE. baneret, OF. baneret, F. banneret; properly a dim. of OF. baniere. See
1. Originally, a knight who led his vassals into the field under his own banner; commonly used as a
title of rank.
2. A title of rank, conferred for heroic deeds, and hence, an order of knighthood; also, the person bearing
such title or rank.
The usual mode of conferring the rank on the field of battle was by cutting or tearing off the point of the
pennon or pointed flag on the spear of the candidate, thereby making it a banner.
3. A civil officer in some Swiss cantons.
4. A small banner. Shak.
(Ban"ner*ol) n. A banderole; esp. a banner displayed at a funeral procession and set over the
tomb. See Banderole.
(Ban*ni"tion) n. [LL. bannitio. See Banish.] The act of expulsion. [Obs.] Abp. Laud.
Bannock fluke, the turbot. [Scot.]
(Ban"nock) n. [Gael. bonnach.] A kind of cake or bread, in shape flat and roundish, commonly
made of oatmeal or barley meal and baked on an iron plate, or griddle; used in Scotland and the northern
counties of England. Jamieson.
(Banns) n. pl. [See Ban.] Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in a church, or other
place prescribed by law, in order that any person may object, if he knows of just cause why the marriage
should not take place.
(Ban"quet) n. [F., a feast, prop. a dim. of banc bench; cf. It. banchetto, dim. of banco a
bench, counter. See Bank a bench, and cf. Banquette.]
1. A feast; a sumptuous entertainment of eating and drinking; often, a complimentary or ceremonious
feast, followed by speeches.
2. A dessert; a course of sweetmeats; a sweetmeat or sweetmeats. [Obs.]
We'll dine in the great room, but let the music
And banquet be prepared here.
(Ban"quet), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banqueted; p. pr. & vb. n. Banqueting.] To treat with a
banquet or sumptuous entertainment of food; to feast.
Just in time to banquet
The illustrious company assembled there.
(Ban"quet), v. i.
1. To regale one's self with good eating and drinking; to feast.
Were it a draught for Juno when she banquets,
I would not taste thy treasonous offer.
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