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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The cartoonist, and the undisclosed person in Douglas County who altered the image, had to know that using Floyd’s death as a narrative would allow the issue of race to spill from the inkwell onto the drawing pad. Sam Adams, The Denver Post, 17 July 2020 But the inkwell would be bored without a quill, the quill without paper, the paper without a desk, the desk without a room, the room without a house, the house without a town. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2019 See More

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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 3 Dec. 2022.

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

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