round table

round ta·ble | \ ˈrau̇n(d)-ˌtā-bəl \

Definition of round table 

1a capitalized R&T : the large circular table of King Arthur and his knights

b : the knights of King Arthur

2 usually roundtable \ˈrau̇n(d)-ˌtā-bəl \ : a conference for discussion or deliberation by several participants also : the participants in such a conference

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Is there anything worse, anything less conducive to the enjoyment and understanding of the beautiful game, than a round table of former professionals braying platitudes at one another beneath the unforgiving lights of a TV studio? Giles Harvey, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘The Totally Football Show With James Richardson’," 3 July 2018 Their conversations around a round table gave rise to the founding of the New Yorker magazine in 1925. Jennifer Larue, The Seattle Times, "Soaking up Manhattan’s literary history: A book lover’s bar-hopping guide," 2 July 2018 Rather, Jefferson hosted the dinner at a round table—where, unlike at a rectangular table, no one could be distinguished as a guest of honor. Alexandra Hudson, WSJ, "No Country for Old Pretentious Titles," 29 June 2018 President Trump was in a sanctuary state round table this week and spoke to a sheriff about the notorious Latin street gang, MS-13. Fox News, "Ann Coulter on the status of Trump's immigration agenda," 20 May 2018 Reaching out across generations Gina Roberts, the election commission''s voter education director, said the idea stemmed from a round table the commission hosted in 2017. Alexis Egeland, azcentral, "Arizona's first augmented reality mural takes flight on Roosevelt Row," 5 May 2018 Senior staff from the Securities and Exchange Commission will visit Philadelphia on July 17, and host an investor round table at the SEC’s Philadelphia regional office from 11 a.m. to noon. Erin Arvedlund,, "Do ESG investments outperform? One investor says 'no way'," 9 July 2018 Andrew Romine, the utility player who spends perhaps the most time with Suzuki during games, said that Suzuki holds an informal round table at the indoor batting cage each night. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Ichiro Suzuki’s New Job Comes With Most of the Old Trappings," 5 July 2018 The Shepards, law-enforcement and other experts share information on staying safe and the importance of reporting hate crimes at a round table, followed by a happy hour. Matthew J. Palm,, "20 years after Matthew Shepard's murder, his parents fight on for civil rights," 4 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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