round table

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.
the table, made round to avoid quarrels as to precedence, about which King Arthur and his knights sat.
King Arthur and his knights.
Also, roundtable (for defs 1, 2).

1250–1300; Middle English Unabridged


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

Round Table
1.  (in Arthurian legend) the table of King Arthur, shaped so that his knights could sit around it without any having precedence
2.  Arthur and his knights collectively
3.  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
4.  (in New Zealand) an organization of businessmen supporting policies of the New Right

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Example sentences
Their views are presented here in a roundtable-type format.
In a television roundtable, you might get to respond to one question during the entire show.
Fiction writers read favorite stories, author interviews, a weekly political roundtable.
Other thought leaders met offstage for action-oriented working sessions and intimate roundtable meals.
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