fish·​bowl ˈfish-ˌbōl How to pronounce fishbowl (audio)
: a bowl for the keeping of live fish
: a place or condition that affords no privacy

Example Sentences

Being a politician these days means living in a fishbowl—every part of your life is open to public view.
Recent Examples on the Web If the eye is like a fishbowl, it's made of shards used for self-defense. Ashley P. Taylor, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2012 There are over-the-top burgers, shakes and fishbowl-size drinks garnished with sugary, gummy candy. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2022 As the board assembles, Roy stands with his nose to the window of the fishbowl conference room peering in. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2022 Grieving in a fishbowl': How a camp is helping kids cope with death after COVID. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2022 But the best amenity of all was a wall-spanning window that provided a fishbowl view of downtown and the ski trails of Aspen Mountain. Travel + Leisure, 16 June 2022 The gilded fishbowl of his particular fame is a place many would drown. Chloe Walker, Longreads, 1 July 2022 Afternoons, meanwhile, were for writing letters, and evenings were for journaling, recording in detail every nuance of my new life in a fishbowl. Keri Blakinger, Rolling Stone, 5 June 2022 For scientists, Isle Royale has long been a fascinating fishbowl for research. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fishbowl was in 1906

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“Fishbowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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