Where does the phrase “table d’hôte” come from and What does table d’hôte mean?

Lifted directly from the French over three hundred years ago, table d’hôte literally means “the host’s table.”

The original sense was that of a common table set for the guests at a hotel or other eating place, but from this has come the more usual meaning today, which is the complete meal served at a hotel or restaurant.

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