Definition of Round Table in English:

Round Table

Pronunciation /ˈroun(d) ˌtābəl/ /ˈraʊn(d) ˌteɪbəl/


  • 1The table at which King Arthur and his knights sat so that none should have precedence. It was first mentioned in 1155.

    • ‘Many of their exploits are related in the tales of the Knights of the Round Table.’
    • ‘The will of the Round Table grew too strong, its knights too forceful.’
    • ‘The Knights of the Round Table sought the Holy Grail, Long John Silver his treasure, Gollum the ring.’
    • ‘All of us are at least somewhat familiar with the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.’
    • ‘The respect and courtesy was worthy of the Knights of the Round Table.’
    • ‘The most famous folklore of England is about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.’
    • ‘Later traditions say that Arthur and the Knights sat at a Round Table in token of their equality.’
    • ‘It's not the genuine Round Table of legend, alas, just an 18-foot oak reconstruction ordered by one of the Plantagenet King Edwards.’
    • ‘Only the Great Hall remains but it is a beautiful, ancient building and contains what is reputed to be King Arthur's Round Table.’
    • ‘Wace's Roman de Brut was not simply a translation: it included an elaborated Arthurian section and, unlike Geoffrey, mentioned the Round Table.’
    • ‘At this point Arthur is very old, but he still remembers his original vision of brotherhood, for a time realized with the Round Table.’
    • ‘The novel focuses upon the paisanos of the Monterey area, paralleling their lives with those of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.’
    • ‘That last example isn't quite from the Knights of the Round Table, is it?’
    • ‘The Knights of the Round Table possessed many aspects of chivalry, but each of them had flaws.’
    • ‘There Val waxed in wit and strength, became squire and friend to Sir Gawain and, through many feats of bravery, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table.’
    • ‘Cast your minds back to the days of olde, Knights of the Round Table, Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood and his Merry Men.’
    • ‘Sure, the story of King Arthur is a myth, but this is how Lancelot (Gruffudd) came to be one of the knights of the Round Table.’
    • ‘Founded by Edward III in 1348, and said to be based on the Arthurian Knights of the Round Table, it is the world's most ancient and exclusive club.’
    • ‘Chrétien of Troyes in the 1170s and 1180s also introduced courtly love, made the Round Table a centre of chivalry, and identified Arthur's capital as Camelot.’
    • ‘Positing that King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table were real - the last vestiges of the Roman Empire - is not a new concept.’
  • 2An international charitable association that holds discussions and undertakes community service.

    • ‘Members of Swindon's Round Table have dished out thousands of pounds to Swindon charities.’
    • ‘I did a catering course at college, sponsored by the local Round Table, who had even helped me buy my first set of knives.’
    • ‘Each year for more than 40 years, the Round Table has had a sleigh with Father Christmas in the centre of Swindon, every Saturday in December.’
    • ‘The money was collected by Swindon and District Round Table.’
    • ‘The biggest thrill for the Fieldings is knowing that staff nominated their daughter for the trip, which has been arranged by the Round Table.’
    • ‘Have you considered contacting your local Rotary Club, Lions or Round Table?’
    • ‘Real ale and beer lovers are invited to sample more than 20 brews at a beer festival organised by Queensbury, Shelf and District Round Table.’
    • ‘Sarah Lucas is on the Not-for-Profit Round Table and supports the idea of the streamlining that the Round Table has called for.’
    • ‘In a hugely varied career, John Smallwood worked as an estate agent, an auctioneer, was national president of the Round Table and wrote three books.’
    • ‘"We are hoping to drum up more members to join the Queensbury, Shelf and District Round Table at the event."’
    • ‘Event organiser Gary Thomson of Nahoon Round Table says right from the word go the event has always been about family and charity.’
    • ‘He was active in the Round Table and the St John Ambulance, and he became president of the Derby Medical Society.’
    • ‘The Round Table has tied-up with international NGOs and is also assisted by the Government for funding various projects.’
    • ‘Although tickets are available from Spargs Liquor Mart, if you buy from Nahoon Round Table, R10 of every ticket will go towards their charities.’
    • ‘Steve Griffin, chairman of Highworth and Swindon Round Table, said: "I would like to thank all those people who gave so generously during our various fundraising events before Christmas."’
    • ‘Round Table India is part of the Round Table International.’
    • ‘A grand firework display, organised by Reigate Round Table, will finish off the day's festivities.’
    • ‘The Danson Park fireworks, which will be the Welling Round Table's 31st display for the community, will take place on Saturday.’
    • ‘The booklet is one of several projects ongoing by the Round Table.’
    • ‘Boris Johnson, the Tory MP for Henley, last night paid tribute to Mr Langford, whom he knew through his work for the town's Round Table fundraisers.’
    • ‘"He was conscious of others all the time, hence his involvement with the Round Table."’
  • 3round tableAn assembly for discussion, especially at a conference.

    as modifier ‘round-table talks’
    • ‘The opening is preceded by a round-table discussion at 3 p.m. and the exhibition runs until July 24.’
    • ‘Topics include marketing, public relations, staff recruitment, and round-table discussions for experienced and first-time supervisors.’
    • ‘Clad in homespun clothes, Gandhi once attended a round-table conference in London, where he brought along with him a milch goat to symbolise the self-sufficiency of the Indian people.’
    • ‘The fest features six cabaret shows designed by general and artistic director D. Kimm, and numerous open mics and round-table discussions.’
    • ‘Regularly scheduled round-table discussion groups allow business owners to get together to analyze problems, successes and areas of concern for their businesses.’
    • ‘In addition, a roster of museum professionals attended the event and participated as lecturers and panelists in a round-table discussion during the lecture series.’
    • ‘In the field of corporate strategy, which some might call corporate shenanigans, the experience curve always figures quite highly in any round-table discussions.’
    • ‘Indeed, the makers of this maddeningly ambiguous new film spend most of this round-table interview avoiding any discussion of its contents.’
    • ‘The second step includes a round-table discussion and review of the current clinical management and practice.’
    • ‘The round-table discussion abruptly ended when Daisy's camera began to move.’
    • ‘That program brings teachers together for round-table discussions in select cities.’
    • ‘In a round-table setting, the researcher facilitated the three discussion sessions.’
    • ‘The conversations were intense and spectacular, charged with the unspoken understanding that the round-table meetings themselves were a kind of Utopia.’
    • ‘The Polish Jaruzelski government had entered into round-table talks with Solidarity leader Lech Wasa and the Catholic Church in February 1989.’
    • ‘His study of emerging managerial competences involved senior executives, twenty of whom participated in a round-table forum.’
    • ‘As I mentioned in this article, I attended a round-table debate on the future of UK Internet businesses yesterday.’
    • ‘‘I want to make sure that our dollars go to reward companies that create jobs here at home,’ he told an election round-table last week.’
    • ‘Dr. Smith, who has always offered us wise counsel and a friendly smile, earned a special place at our editors' round-table and in our hearts as well.’
    • ‘Tellingly, none of the round-table's participants is able to answer.’
    • ‘This debate is not a round-table among rational people who respect each other.’


Round Table

/ˈroun(d) ˌtābəl/ /ˈraʊn(d) ˌteɪbəl/