Definition of table money in English:

table money

noun

  • 1An allowance paid to cover the costs of meals and entertaining; specifically a special extra allowance of money made to a high-ranking officer in the British Navy (formerly also the Army), for official hospitality.

  • 2A supplementary charge made for dining in a club, on a passenger ship, etc.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From table + money.

Pronunciation

table money

/ˈteɪbl ˌmʌni/