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round table

or roundtable (for defs 1, 2)

a number of persons gathered together for conference, discussion of some subject, etc., and often seated at a round table.
the discussion, topic of discussion, or the conference itself.
(initial capital letter) Arthurian Romance.
  1. the table, made round to avoid quarrels as to precedence, about which King Arthur and his knights sat.
  2. King Arthur and his knights.
Origin of round table
1250-1300; Middle English


[round-tey-buh l] /ˈraʊndˌteɪ bəl/
noting or pertaining to a conference, discussion, or deliberation in which each participant has equal status, equal time to present views, etc.:
round-table discussions.
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I am a Knight of the round table, and therefore have the right of way throughout the land.

    King Arthur and His Knights Maude L. Radford
  • He pushed the round table in front of the fire, and drew up her armchair.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • An early number of the round table will contain illustrations of these grills.

  • On the round table had been set forth bottles and glasses on Sheffield trays.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • The girl sat between Lonergan and Lombard at a round table near the fireplace.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • Taking her seat at the round table, near the fire, she poured out the gold.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Edward resolved to hold a round table at his palace, and to build a great tower for the purpose.

    Chaucer and His England G. G. Coulton
  • There were only five, at a round table, and it was very pleasant indeed.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for round table

round table

  1. a meeting of parties or people on equal terms for discussion
  2. (as modifier): a round-table conference

Round Table

noun the Round Table
(in Arthurian legend) the table of King Arthur, shaped so that his knights could sit around it without any having precedence
Arthur and his knights collectively
one of an organization of clubs of young business and professional men who meet in order to further social and business activities and charitable work
(in New Zealand) an organization of businessmen supporting policies of the New Right
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Word Origin and History for round table



also roundtable, 1826 in reference to a gathering of persons in which all are accorded equal status (there being no head of a round table.) King Arthur's Round Table is attested from c.1300, translating Old French table ronde (1155, in Wace's Roman de Brut).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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