ta·​ble·​ful ˈtā-bəl-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tableful (audio)
: as much or as many as a table can hold or accommodate

Examples of tableful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That morning, a tableful of F.B.I. SWAT operators were sitting nearby, dressed in fatigues, silently inhaling their food. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2019 Word of the weekly dinners began to spread: shared between cubicles at City Hall; passed from one neighbor to another in apartment elevators; overheard on walking tours, in local parks and from a tableful of strangers at Sunday brunch. Liz Leyden, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2018 In 2009 Kimball masterminded a 12-course dinner straight from the original cookbook, prepared by a team of cooks using authentic ingredients, cooked over an antique woodburning stove, and served to the acclaim of a tableful of guests. CBS News, 7 Jan. 2018 A chicken dinner, with soup, salad and a tableful of fixins is around $18. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, 7 July 2017 Platters are huge; a tableful of eaters may be better off ordering a la carte ($15 for broth; $6.95-$8.95 per meat; and $2.95-$3.95 per vegetable) rather than the combo. Eric Velasco,, 16 June 2017 With the help of headphones and a tableful of interpreters, the meeting was translated in 10 different Asian languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Mongolian and Korean and Tagalog. Ana B. Ibarra and Kellen Browning, Kaiser Health News, 5 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tableful was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Tableful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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