a large pan in which dishes, pots, etc., are washed.

Origin of dishpan

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; dish + pan1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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mainly US and Canadian a large pan for washing dishes, pots, etc
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Word Origin and History for dishpan

"pan in which dishes are washed," 1872, from dish (n.) + pan (n.). Dishpan hands attested from 1944.

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