Definition of dunce table in English:

dunce table


(also dunce's table)
  • A table at which certain people are compelled to sit either on account of being segregated for perceived stupidity or as punishment for some minor misdemeanour; (in early use) specifically a table in the refectory of an educational institution, such as one of the Inns of Court, at which students considered to be dunces were compelled to sit as a form of social ostracism.


Early 17th century.