ink·​well | \ ˈiŋk-ˌwel \

Definition of inkwell

: a container (as in a desk) for ink

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In 1885, Bernard John Cigrand, a 19-year-old teacher in a one-room Waubeka, Wisconsin, placed a 10-inch 38-star flag in an inkwell and had his students write essays on what the flag meant to them. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Flag Day: Why we celebrate on June 14," 14 June 2018 The museum also owns 11 of Zelda's paintings, personal belongings like an inkwell and beaded purse, and first editions of Fitzgerald's novels. Beth J. Harpaz,, "Where 'Great Gatsby' writer lived, a museum with an Airbnb," 17 May 2018 Primary simple inkwells were referred to as standishes. Charlene Paparizos,, "Join Chagrin Falls Schools' Superintendent for Final "Cafe Time" on May 4: Community Voices," 19 Apr. 2018 One of the tools used for this task involved the inkwell or ink horn. Charlene Paparizos,, "Join Chagrin Falls Schools' Superintendent for Final "Cafe Time" on May 4: Community Voices," 19 Apr. 2018 There's also a nice eatery here, Collections Cafe, decorated with Chihuly's personal collections: fish decoys, pocket knives, inkwells, etc. Susan Glaser,, "Seattle in two days: Space Needle, Chihuly and Starbucks (but just once)," 29 Oct. 2017 Those items include a griddle, buttons, marbles, a spoon and an inkwell. Jonathan Hunley, Washington Post, "Manassas church opens restored slave cabin to the public," 25 June 2017 Then Lazlo Biro patented the ballpoint pen in 1938 and inkwells rapidly became a quaint reminder of the past., "What's it worth? Gas lights, Boy Scout souvenir and more," 4 June 2017 Meanwhile, an inkwell is topped by France's national animal, the Gallic rooster. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "The subtle messages in Emmanuel Macron’s official portrait," 29 June 2017

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circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inkwell

: a small container in the surface of a desk that was used in the past for holding ink


ink·​well | \ ˈiŋk-ˌwel \

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: a container for ink

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