from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Casual mealtime conversation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Conversation, especially of an informal or somewhat gossipy nature, among a group seated together for a meal or other social activity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. conversation at table, or at meals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Familiar conversation at or around a table, as at a meal or an entertainment; what is said in the free intercourse between persons during or after meals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. conversation during a meal


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  • It was really an advantage not being able to follow the conversation, since it kept me busy catering for myself and at the same time making sure I met Meta’s glances to show proper appreciation; and anyway, when Wolfe reported later, he said the table talk was immaterial.

    The Black Mountain

  • On Friday evenings he climbed to his roost very early, before the family assembled for supper, and waited for his cue, which was the breaking-out of table talk after the blessing of the bread.

    The Promised Land


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