- a small bowl to hold water for rinsing the fingers at table.
Origin of finger bowl
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for finger bowl
Judith finished dabbling her fingers in the finger-bowl, and wiped them daintily.Miss Pat at School
Every morning I perch on the plate or finger-bowl and eat my orange.
It should be laid on the table, at the right of the finger-bowl.Book of Etiquette, Volume 2
Lillian Eichler Watson
Archie flicked the ash from his cigarette into the finger-bowl.Indiscretions of Archie
P. G. Wodehouse
She held it to the very last, then dropped it into her finger-bowl and rose.Max
Katherine Cecil Thurston
- a small bowl filled with water for rinsing the fingers at the table after a meal