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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
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Her brother sat at the head of the high table, her husband at the head of the second.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • I am writing at a high table, on a low seat, in a great hurry.

  • The King and his sons dined with them all on the same level, without any high table.

    Windsor Castle Edward Thomas
  • They turned now in the direction of the high table from which they had risen.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • At a feast of painters he has a right to a place, and at the high table too.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • For the same reason, they must sit at a high table, on a high chair.

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

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • The men were all seated at dinner, and he could see the fellows up at the high table.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
  • There's a professor at the high table, who's supposed to be an authority.

    The Road to Damascus August Strindberg
  • There was rumour of an honorary degree before I saw him in the flesh, at the high table of my college, a guest of the Provost.

    Masques & Phases Robert Ross
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
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