Signs for BANQUET

Definition: an elaborate and formal evening meal for many people, often followed by speeches.

Related signs: DINNER, MEAL.


Old sign for 'banquet' in 1913. Still used today.

Video clip source from "The Preservation of Sign Language" (1913) video by George W. Veditz (1861-1937), then-President of the NAD (National Association of the Deaf).

Deaf History

A banquet of the French Deaf
Source: Gallaudet Archives.

"The Parisian Deaf banquets from 1840 onwards have bequeathed to us indications of a more powerful vision of Deafhood, Deaf spirituality and Deaf Nation politics, existing before the rise of Oralism." -- Fischer & Lane, 1993 (via Paddy Ladd's Deafhood book).

Deaf Way 2002 Banquet
Deaf Way 2002 gala banquet in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jolanta Lapiak, 2002.

Photo: Deaf Way 2002 gala banquet in Washington, D.C.

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for BANQUET

Written ASL for "BANQUET". The double line represents both hands used. Digit contributed Todd Hicks in by the ASLwrite community, 2017.

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