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finger bowl

a small bowl to hold water for rinsing the fingers at table.
Origin of finger bowl
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He liked the black coffee, and felt civilized when he resorted to the finger bowl.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • Amarinth got up, dropping his cigarette end into his finger bowl.

    The Green Carnation

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Verdun is like a lump of sugar in a finger bowl, and I was standing on the rim.

    They Shall Not Pass Frank H. Simonds
  • The serving of a finger bowl with this course is a matter of taste.

  • If fruit is to be served, a finger bowl should be placed for each person.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • Hilda knocked the ash of her cigarette into her finger bowl and waited.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • Serve hot and always be sure to put a piece of lemon in the finger bowl.

  • If the dessert is pudding, a spoon or fork should be placed on the plate at one side of the finger bowl.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • I always take a drink out of the finger bowl and often said to myself, “What a fine bathtub this would make.”

  • A finger bowl is placed at the side of every plate when serving food in India.

British Dictionary definitions for finger bowl

finger bowl

a small bowl filled with water for rinsing the fingers at the table after a meal
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