1The table at which King Arthur and his knights sat so that none should have precedence.
- 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.
2An international charitable association which holds discussions and undertakes community service, open to men between the ages of 18 and 45, typically from business and professional groups.
- 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.
3 (usually as modifier round table) An assembly for discussion, especially at a conference: round-table talks
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- 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.
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