inkwell

noun
ink·​well | \ ˈiŋk-ˌwel How to pronounce inkwell (audio) \

Definition of inkwell

: a container (as in a desk) for ink

Examples of inkwell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Man and Things," 8 Nov. 2019 An inkwell stares at me with one black eye, with a glint in its pupil. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, "Man and Things," 8 Nov. 2019 Encourage the production of marvelous examples of design, like inkwells and cigar boxes. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "‘Victorian Radicals’ say yes to sex, no to technology in San Antonio Museum of Art exhibit," 10 Oct. 2019 The classroom is re-created with great attention to detail, right down to the apple on the teacher’s desk and the blue-black stains around the pupils’ inkwells. David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Simpler, gentler: A journey through the eastern N.H. hinterlands," 13 Aug. 2019 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. Cheryl Vari, Cincinnati.com, "Flag Day 2019: Why we celebrate on June 14," 14 June 2019 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. Cheryl Vari, Cincinnati.com, "Flag Day 2019: Why we celebrate on June 14," 14 June 2019 The other, a fox coat, is jet-black, dark like an inkwell, and reaches mid-thigh with two silver buttons. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Am I the Only One Who Feels Guilty About Wearing Vintage Fur?," 15 Jan. 2019 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, chicagotribune.com, "Where 'Great Gatsby' writer lived, a museum with an Airbnb," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of inkwell

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Inkwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inkwell. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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inkwell

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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

inkwell

noun
ink·​well | \ ˈiŋk-ˌwel How to pronounce inkwell (audio) \

Kids Definition of inkwell

: a container for ink

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