banquet what we now call a dessert,—a slight refection, consisting of cakes, sweetmeats, and fruit, and generally served in a room to which the guests removed after dinner: “My banquet is to close our stomachs up, After our great good cheer,” THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, v. 2. 9 (A passage overlooked by Nares when he said, “Banquet is often used by Shakespeare, and there seems always to signify a feast, as it does now.” Gloss. ); “ Servants, with a banquet,” ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, ii. 7. 1.
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