ink·​well ˈiŋk-ˌwel How to pronounce inkwell (audio)
: a container (as in a desk) for ink

Examples of inkwell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Players discard cards to create an inkwell that is the main resource for playing cards and summoning characters Exhausted cards become targets for challenges where cards battle one another. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Now, even non-publishers could exchange chicken-scratch penmanship and sloppy inkwells for precise, easy-to-read type, speeding business, legal, medical and personal communications. Nick Yetto, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Already, a clip of Charles impatiently waving for an aide to move an inkwell during his accession ceremony went viral. Max Colchester, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 O’Farrell creeps into this gloomy realm of intrigue with an inkwell full of blood and a stiletto for her pen. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 Thomas Hobbes' walking stick contained an inkwell for spontaneous note taking. David G. Allan, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 Today’s value for your 1900s inkwell would be $200. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 16 Feb. 2022 In addition to a fountain pen and rollerball pen, the Prestige Writing Kit includes a base recalling the launch pad of a rocket and an inkwell. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 On New Year’s Day of 1899, the Tribune emptied its inkwell of purple prose with a gushing tribute to the Spanish-American War. Ron Grossman,, 1 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inkwell was circa 1875

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“Inkwell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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ink·​well ˈiŋ-ˌkwel How to pronounce inkwell (audio)
: a container for ink

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