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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
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Examples from the Web for table d'hote
Historical Examples
  • It is only in a coffee-room or at a table d'hote that we like to converse with strangers.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Last year I started this table d'hote, and sent cards out—you know.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • It was a curious medley at the table d'hote, at the Hotel de Bordeaux.

  • "Just as you please," she said; and at that moment the table d'hote bell rang.

  • If I did not find her at a table d'hote, I would see her in a railway carriage.

  • "Not less than a table d'hote will hold you," Charity smiled, wanly.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • I tell him I'll do that, if he'll get one where we can dine at the table d'hote.

  • When he received it he and Wrinkles and Great Grief went to a table d'hote.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • Perhaps he would like me to engage as a waiter there and pay it off by serving at the table d'hote.

    Confidence Henry James
  • Mr. Hayward, his sister, and Virginia, were dining at a Swiss table d'hote.

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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