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

First Known Use of round table

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

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