Tablecloth

Ta"ble*cloth`

(?), n. A cloth for covering a table, especially one with which a table is covered before the dishes, etc., are set on for meals.
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Ta"ble d'hte"

(t"bl' dt`);
pl. Tables d'hte (#).
[F., literally, table of the landlord.] 1. A common table for guests at a hotel; an ordinary.
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2. Now, commonly, a meal, usually of several preselected and fixed courses, in a restaurant, hotel, or the like, for which one pays a fixed price. Sometimes, a meal with optional courses for which one pays a fixed price irrespective of what one orders; but the latter is usuallyt referred to as a pris fixe meal or a a la carte meal. Often used adjectively; as, a table-d'hte meal.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

 

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