ta·​ble·​mate | \ ˈtā-bəl-ˌmāt How to pronounce tablemate (audio) \

Definition of tablemate

: a dining companion

Examples of tablemate in a Sentence

He was loudly arguing with one of his tablemates.

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Say a grace, hold hands with your tablemates or just silently thank the people responsible for the food on your plate. Patricia Jurek, Rd, Mba, Detroit Free Press, "Mindful eating vs. dieting," 15 July 2019 My tablemates were a father and son from Arizona and a teacher from the Bay Area. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "What it’s like to take a 35-hour ride on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Seattle," 29 Mar. 2019 Halfway through my stay, my tablemates go home (an assorted group of Rockefellers is expected in their place). Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "The Alpine Spa Where Billionaires and Hollywood Royalty Go to Detox," 11 Apr. 2017 One of our other tablemates mentions a desire to offset heavy courses of steroids and antibiotics, while another is nursing an arm injury. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "The Alpine Spa Where Billionaires and Hollywood Royalty Go to Detox," 11 Apr. 2017 Island-hopping with Weight Watchers means your tablemates will encourage you to skip the butter on your whole-wheat toast. Leah Prinzivalli, Marie Claire, "Paradox at Sea: My Week on a Weight-Loss Cruise," 25 July 2017 Mr. McMullan, the photographer, stopped to take Mrs. Shafiroff’s picture, prompting two tablemates to take out their cellphones and also start snapping images. Ben Widdicombe, New York Times, "Climbing the Socialite Ladder, One Gala at a Time," 4 Jan. 2017 When his tablemate Ryan Reynolds lost to Stone’s co-star Ryan Gosling, Garfield gave him a cheeky, conciliatory smooch. Joanna Robinson,, "Golden Globes 2017: Watch Andrew Garfield Give Ex-girlfriend Emma Stone a Lovely Tribute [Updated]," 9 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of tablemate

1624, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tablemate

US : a person who is sitting with you at a table

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