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finger bowl

a small bowl to hold water for rinsing the fingers at table.
Origin of finger bowl
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for finger-bowl
Historical Examples
  • Above is a brass rose-bowl, on that a finger-bowl of inlaid brass, crowned with a black chess king.

    Wings and the Child E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • Every morning I perch on the plate or finger-bowl and eat my orange.

  • Archie flicked the ash from his cigarette into the finger-bowl.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • Hilda knocked the ash of her cigarette into her finger-bowl, and waited.

    The Path of a Star Mrs. Everard Cotes (AKA Sara Jeannette Duncan)
  • Judith finished dabbling her fingers in the finger-bowl, and wiped them daintily.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • Shall we each find a Koh-i-noor diamond in our finger-bowl as a slight mark of your esteem?

    The Tree of Knowledge Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • Under the finger-bowl is placed a small fancy doily, and beside it on the same plate such small silver as will be needed.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • Tancred had tossed his cigar—a cigar that ranked nearly with a Havanese—into the finger-bowl.

    A Transient Guest Edgar Saltus
  • There was the cabinet-member's wife who drank out of her finger-bowl because her guest, a senator, had done so.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • At each plate was a tiny nose-gay held in the beak of a crystal bird, the body of which was a finger-bowl.

British Dictionary definitions for finger-bowl

finger bowl

a small bowl filled with water for rinsing the fingers at the table after a meal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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