- 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
- 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
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- 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 roundtable
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).