Definition of refectory table in US English:

refectory table


  • A long, narrow table.

    • ‘There are several arts and crafts lots, notably an unusual mahogany high-backed chair and a oak-plank top, refectory table.’
    • ‘Folded into a narrow strip, our traditional Tanzanian sarong makes an ideal central dressing for the refectory table; with this in place as an ‘inspiration piece’, the ideas fairly flow from us.’
    • ‘This is walking country, but you could just spread the Sunday papers over the kitchen refectory table, warm yourself beside the Aga, or take in the fireside views of Matterdale and Watermillock Fells.’
    • ‘The main table in Martin's office was once the refectory table of a Barnardo's children's home.’
    • ‘The refectory table in the dining room is long enough to seat her large family, both the children she adopted and her own four offspring.’
    • ‘Finally, I started receiving letters from a convent in Melbourne where the woman's sister was a nun, saying that her story had been read around the refectory table, and that all of the nuns thought I was very wrong in my judgement.’
    • ‘Walnut center and refectory tables generally had single-plank tops supported by lyre-shaped legs and iron stretchers, the latter a Spanish legacy.’
    • ‘He would work up a tremendous dinner that was meant to dazzle you, and you'd go over and you'd sit and have drinks for an hour and then you'd sit at that long refectory table and eat course after course after course.’