Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin tabula 'board, list'


1 noun
ta‧ble1 S1 W1 [countable]


DHF a piece of furniture with a flat top supported by legs:
the dining-room table
lay the table British English set the table American English (=put knives, forks etc on a table before a meal)
The waiter cleared the table (=took all the plates, glasses etc off).
book/reserve a table (=in a restaurant)
I've booked a table for two for 8 o'clock.


snooker/billiard/ping-pong etc table

a special table for playing a particular indoor sport or game on


TCN a list of numbers, facts, or information arranged in rows across and down a page

on the table

an offer, idea etc that is on the table has been officially suggested and someone is considering it:
The offer on the table is a 10% wage increase.

turn the tables (on somebody)

to change a situation completely, so that someone loses an advantage and you gain one:
The tables were turned in the second half, when Leeds United scored from the penalty spot.

under the table

informal money that is paid under the table is paid secretly and illegally:
Payments were made under the table to local officials.



times table

a list that young children learn, in which all the numbers between 1 and 12 are multiplied by each other [= multiplication table]
three/four etc times table
He's 12 years old and still doesn't know his three times table.


the group of people sitting around a table:
His stories kept the whole table amused.

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