- 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.
Origin of 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.
Origin of round table
Examples from the Web for round-table
It was to be a general sacrifice, a round-table of magnanimity.From the Easy Chair, vol. 1
George William Curtis
I was thinking of our round-table argument when the proposition was considered.The Mercenaries
Henry Beam Piper
For he who can call but one soul on earth his friend is blessed, and sits at the round-table of the gods.Goethe and Schiller
They don't believe much in these round-table conferences and European plots.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo
E. Phillips Oppenheim
We had at Island Park the other day in a round-table conference, a very interesting exercise of that kind.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, March 1883
The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
- a meeting of parties or people on equal terms for discussion
- (as modifier)a round-table conference
- (in Arthurian legend) the table of King Arthur, shaped so that his knights could sit around it without any having precedence
- Arthur and his knights collectively
- 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
- (in New Zealand) an organization of businessmen supporting policies of the New Right
Word Origin and History for round-table
also roundtable, 1826 in reference to a gathering of persons in which all are accorded equal status (there being no head of a round table.) King Arthur's Round Table is attested from c.1300, translating Old French table ronde (1155, in Wace's Roman de Brut).