[tey-buh l-top]


a surface forming or suggesting the top of a table.
a photograph of an arrangement of objects on top of a table.


intended for use on the top of a table or the like.
noting or relating to an arrangement of objects, especially miniatures or models, as would be appropriate to the top of a table.
noting or relating to a type of game that requires the physical presence of players and the manipulation of game pieces, as board games and some card games or role-playing games but not video games.

Origin of tabletop

First recorded in 1800–10; table + top1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tabletop

Contemporary Examples of tabletop

  • A tabletop bronze of a boy pulling a thorn from his foot, made around 1500 by the Renaissance sculptor known as Antico.

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    A Roman Boy-Toy Gets a Dye Job

    Blake Gopnik

    January 10, 2013

  • The flavors of pates and juicy chicken and beef adorned our tabletop.

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    Gal With a Suitcase: Shanghai

    Jolie Hunt

    January 7, 2011

Historical Examples of tabletop

  • But there were no mountains; the country was as flat as a tabletop.

    Have We No Rights?

    Mabel Williamson

  • In the room three officers of Denisov's band were converting a door into a tabletop.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • The tabletop was strewn with pens and open rolls of parchment.

  • He leaned forward and fixed the tabletop with a piscine stare.

    Cue for Quiet

    Thomas L. Sherred

  • They were surprised to see standing outside a strange little old man, no higher than the tabletop.