ink·​stand ˈiŋk-ˌstand How to pronounce inkstand (audio)
: inkwell
also : a stand with fittings for holding ink and pens

Examples of inkstand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the center of the gift, an inkstand, was the figure of a small Black boy with bright red lips leaning against two bales of cotton. Jennifer Wilson, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2022 Artifact buffs: Keep an eye out for the original inkstand used to sign the Declaration of Independence, as well as an original draft of the Constitution. Juliet Izon, Country Living, 15 Nov. 2018 An enameled gold inkstand presented by the maharajah of Benares. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 18 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inkstand was in 1768

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“Inkstand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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