finger bowl


: a small water bowl for rinsing the fingers at the table

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Big bowls, little bowls, glass bowls, metal bowls, little itty-bitty finger bowls. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2019 The sale’s variety included gold hat pins, porcelain services for 20, 30 or 40 and their remnants, antique textiles, festooned finger bowls, fine furniture, and examples of every sort of object possible to craft from sterling silver. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, 28 Sep. 2018 Our Thanksgiving was the whole enchilada of Americana, right down to the Jello mold, but the table would have been equally at home at a banquet with finger bowls and silver candelabra. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, 3 May 2018 Daily specials can include interesting flavors such as a sweet Thai bowl, Buffalo cauliflower and a teriyaki wing-finger bowl. Lawrence Specker,, 12 Apr. 2018 Dip them in finger bowls with rose petals of course. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, 8 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of finger bowl was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Finger bowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

finger bowl


: a small bowl of water for rinsing the fingers at the table
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