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[wosh-bohl, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌboʊl, ˈwɔʃ-/
a large bowl or basin used for washing one's hands and face, small articles of clothing, etc.
Also called washbasin
[wosh-bey-suh n, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌbeɪ sən, ˈwɔʃ-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of washbowl
First recorded in 1520-30; wash + bowl1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She's bought him a washbasin with a rim of puppies, and a red stocking cap.

    Christmas Zona Gale
  • One evening I stepped to the door to throw out a washbasin of water and saw a large dog standing there.

  • There was a bed in it of excellent quality, a chair and one very rickety table furnished with jug and washbasin—no more.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • He got up, went to the washbasin and sopped a towel, which he bound about his head and lay down again—no relief.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • Be it remembered that the sahib's shirts are correctly enumerated, and that there is an extra piece of soap in his washbasin.

  • A moment later, he heard a faint gurgling sound, as though something were being poured down the washbasin drain.

    The Big Trip Up Yonder Kurt Vonnegut
  • The flushed youth who had rashly claimed Mary Hope as his girl was outside with a washbasin trying to stop his nose from bleeding.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Gladys stood in her tent under the big murmuring pine tree washing handkerchiefs in her washbasin.

  • She went to a table on which stood the washbasin a pitcher of water, soap and a comb and brush.

  • A piece of wire formed into the shape shown in the sketch makes a handy hook to hold a washbasin when it is not in use.

British Dictionary definitions for washbasin


Also called washbowl. a basin or bowl for washing the face and hands
Also wash-hand basin. a bathroom fixture with taps, used for washing the face and hands
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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