a small stand, usually on a desk, for holding ink, pens, etc.
a small container for ink.

Origin of inkstand

First recorded in 1765–75; ink + stand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inkstand

Historical Examples of inkstand

  • Then he rose, picked a pen from the inkstand, and dipped it in the ink.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Litton cried, raising the only missile he could find, an inkstand.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • "That was a good shot of yours with the inkstand," Terence said.

  • The room had an inkstand already, but it was of glass, and modern.

    Laurus Nobilis

    Vernon Lee

  • The cut above, besides an inkstand, represents an open book.

British Dictionary definitions for inkstand



a stand or tray on which are kept writing implements and containers for ink
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