noun, often attributive
ta·​ble | \ ˈtā-bəl How to pronounce table (audio) \
plural tables

Definition of table

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs
b(1) : a group of people assembled at or as if at a table
(2) : a legislative or negotiating session the bargaining table
c(1) : a supply or source of food
(2) : an act or instance of assembling to eat : meal sit down to table
2a : a systematic arrangement of data usually in rows and columns for ready reference
b : a condensed enumeration : list a table of contents
4a tables plural : backgammon
b : one of the two leaves of a backgammon board or either half of a leaf
6 : something that resembles a table especially in having a plane surface: such as
a : the upper flat surface of a cut precious stone — see brilliant illustration
b(1) : tableland
(2) : a horizontal stratum
off the table
: not up for consideration or negotiation That option is now off the table.
on the table
: up for consideration or negotiation the subject is not on the table
under the table
1 : into a stupor can drink you under the table
2 : in a covert manner took money under the table


tabled; tabling\ ˈtā-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce tabling (audio) \

Definition of table (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to remove (something, such as a parliamentary motion) from consideration indefinitely
b British : to place on the agenda
c : to put on a table
2 : to enter in a table



Definition of table (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : suitable for a table or for use at a table a table lamp
2 : suitable for serving at a table table grapes
3 : proper for conduct at a table table manners

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Synonyms for table

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of table in a Sentence

Noun They were sitting at the dining table. She reserved a table for two at the restaurant. He had the attention of the entire table. The table shows the salary of each employee. Verb The committee tabled the issue until the next meeting. She plans to table a motion for debate in Parliament.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the other hand, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have had a mixed start to the season, currently finding themselves fourth in the table., "Gary Neville Names the 3 Liverpool Stars Man Utd Should Have Signed to Help Premier League Title Bid," 17 Sep. 2019 The New England Revolution was 2-8-2 and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings when Brad Friedel was fired in early May. Under interim coach Mike Lapper and Bruce Arena, the team has gone 8-2-8 and climbed to sixth in the table. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best player in MLS history?," 17 Sep. 2019 Emanuel reportedly told congressional leaders that large-scale climate legislation was off the table. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 As to residents’ concerns about rising rents, Kindall said that current residents have a locked-in rate, but added that some increases aren’t off the table. Emily Brindley,, "As West Hartford considers proposal to redevelop affordable housing complex, residents voice both concern, support," 12 Sep. 2019 Kingsley Coman, Clement Lenglet and Wissam Ben Yedder scored for the host, although France drops to second in the table due to its head-to-head record against Group H leader Turkey. Matias Grez, CNN, "Cristiano Ronaldo hits four against Lithuania and nears all-time goals record," 11 Sep. 2019 To ensure returning Crimea to Ukraine was off the table, the Kremlin fomented a conflict in the eastern region of Donbas. Leonid Ragozin, Time, "Moscow's Elections Show Putin Is Losing the War at Home," 10 Sep. 2019 Late last month, Trump told NRA chief Wayne LaPierre that universal background checks were off the table., "Trump insults Teigen and Legend, and they fire back," 10 Sep. 2019 The latest episode: the NRA said two weeks ago that Trump told longtime NRA chief Wayne LaPierre that universal background checks for potential gun purchasers are off the table. Fortune, "Will Universal Background Checks for Gun Buyers Ever Become Law?," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In his letter, Emmert pointed out the difficulties of untangling such thorny questions and asked legislators to table the bill until October, when an N.C.A.A. committee studying name, image and likeness issues is supposed to complete its report. New York Times, "California Lawmakers Vote to Undo N.C.A.A. Amateurism," 9 Sep. 2019 Conservative members of the Lords tabled more than 100 amendments to slow down and block its passage there. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "All the highlights from a momentous, ridiculous week in UK politics," 5 Sep. 2019 Earlier this year the Treasury Department even tabled the idea of issuing perpetual bonds. Lee Clifford, Fortune, "100 Year Bonds? Why ‘Ultra-Long’ Bonds Have Caught on in 14 Countries and Counting," 23 Aug. 2019 So the stakes were high when, on August 9th, the League tabled a Senate motion of no confidence in Mr Conte. The Economist, "Italy’s would-be strongman suddenly looks more vulnerable," 15 Aug. 2019 The assembly in 2017 tabled a bid to get a sales tax proposal on the ballot to pay for school district costs following public opposition. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Mat-Su considers sales tax for third time in a decade amid Alaska’s fiscal ‘uncertainty’," 8 Aug. 2019 Republicans returned to work Saturday after Democrats promised to table the climate proposal. Washington Post, "Democrats demand action on Republican who threatened police," 30 June 2019 Commissioners Tuesday tabled a vote on the intergovernmental agreement until June 25. Alicia Fabbre, Naperville Sun, "DuPage holds off on $100K for hazardous waste facility in Naperville; board member says city benefits most in deal," 11 June 2019 After much debate, the draft constitution of India was tabled before the assembly on Feb. 21, 1948. Chitranshul Sinha, Quartz India, "How “seditious speech” was dropped from draft Indian constitution but is still a crime," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With its polished brass luggage racks, Art Deco table lamps, and stunning mosaic bathroom floors, the train is a mobile museum to the Golden Age of train travel. Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Belmond British Pullman Is Taking ‘Downton Abbey’ Fans from London to Highclere Castle," 26 Aug. 2019 Note: For Day 8, legs will be in table top position. Rozalynn S. Frazier,, "These Chest Exercises Will Totally Transform Your Upper Body in 21 Days," 9 Aug. 2019 So far, products include a table lamp speaker ($179) and book-shelf speaker ($99). Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Sonos Narrows Losses in Q3, With Help of IKEA Partnership," 8 Aug. 2019 Summer in Belgium table beer, by ColdFire Brewing Table beers are traditionally lower-alcohol beers that families would serve with meals. Andre Meunier,, "I tried 17 beers at the Oregon Brewers Festival; here’s how they rate," 25 July 2019 But that casino features slot machines and not table games and lacks many of the amenities offered by full-scale resort casinos such as MGM and Encore. Jon Chesto,, "Encore Boston Harbor took in $16.9 million in gaming revenue during opening week," 15 July 2019 Around a table laden with both traditional American Thanksgiving food and traditional Nigerian food, Courtney's father tells of his struggles and triumphs with his large extended family. Jessica Ciosek,, ""I Feel Like Every Girl Should Play Sports"," 20 June 2019 Our biggest problem was table space, with copper tureens, silver tins, plates, beer bottles and water glasses moved like jigsaw puzzle pieces as new courses arrived. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 Use For: Task lighting, table lamps, and reading lamps. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Foolproof Guide to the Different Types of Light Bulbs," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of table


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for table


Middle English, from Old English tabule & Anglo-French table; both from Latin tabula board, tablet, list

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The first known use of table was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of table

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of furniture that has a flat top and one or more legs
: a piece of furniture with a flat surface that is designed to be used for a particular purpose
: a group of people who are sitting at a table



English Language Learners Definition of table (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to decide not to discuss (something) until a later time
British : to formally present (something) for discussion


ta·​ble | \ ˈtā-bəl How to pronounce table (audio) \

Kids Definition of table

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top on legs the kitchen table a picnic table
2 : food to eat Grandma sets a good table.
3 : the people around a table The whole table ordered fish.
4 : short list a table of contents
5 : an arrangement in rows or columns for reference multiplication tables


tabled; tabling

Kids Definition of table (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : to put on a table


ta·​ble | \ ˈtā-bəl How to pronounce table (audio) \

Medical Definition of table

1 : a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs especially : one used for examining or operating
2 : either of the two layers of compact bone of the skull which are separated by cancellous diploe

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