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high table

noun, British
the table in the dining hall of a college, reserved for senior members of the college and distinguished guests.
Origin of high table
1300-50; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But once on the tops of these mountains, there is no precipitous decline; only high table land stretching off in all directions.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • The King and his sons dined with them all on the same level, without any high table.

    Windsor Castle Edward Thomas
  • Many great men sat at the high table—chosen by the King for their wits, not for their birth.

    Rewards and Fairies Rudyard Kipling
  • The men were all seated at dinner, and he could see the fellows up at the high table.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • I went to dinner with the dons at the high table, and I nearly perished of the blues.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Across the east end is a high table for the officers—the whole place resembling the great hall in a castle.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • He was conducted to the high table, where Friar Andrew served him with meat, and put all manner of questions to him.

    Mistress Margery Emily Sarah Holt
  • A big stoneware jug has been brought in and small jugs of simple form have been put on the high table.

    The Road to Damascus August Strindberg
  • A high table was spread in the hall, with the usual appliances befitting princes and nobles.

    The Caged Lion Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Two dirty-looking women carry in a dust-bin suspended from a stick and set it down on the high table.

    The Road to Damascus August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for high table

high table

(sometimes capitals) the table, sometimes elevated, in the dining hall of a school, college, etc, at which the principal teachers, fellows, etc, sit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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