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table d'hôte

[tah-buh l doht, tab-uh l; French tabluh doht] /ˈtɑ bəl ˈdoʊt, ˈtæb əl; French tablə ˈdoʊt/
noun, plural tables d'hôte
[tah-buh lz doht, tab-uh lz; French tabluh doht] /ˈtɑ bəlz ˈdoʊt, ˈtæb əlz; French tablə ˈdoʊt/ (Show IPA)
a meal of preselected courses served at a fixed time and price to the guests at a hotel or restaurant.
Origin of table d'hôte
1610-20; < French: literally, the host's table Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When he had strolled back to his hotel in the evening the time was approaching for the table-d'hote.

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • "Not the table-d'hote, my little daughter," Calabressa said.

    Sunrise William Black
  • Very different from the clergyman on the boat was the old lady at table-d'hote in one of the hotels on the lake.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • We generally dine at the table-d'hote, but I have ordered dinner here to-day: we are going to the opera at Homburg.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for table-d'hote

table d'hôte

/ˈtɑːbəl ˈdəʊt; French tablə dot/
(of a meal) consisting of a set number of courses with limited choice of dishes offered at a fixed price Compare à la carte, prix fixe
noun (pl) tables d'hôte (ˈtɑːbəlz ˈdəʊt; French) (tablə dot)
a table d'hôte meal or menu
Word Origin
C17: from French, literally: the host's table
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for table-d'hote

"common table for guests at a hotel," French, table-d'hôte, literally "table of the host."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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