punch bowl



a large bowl from which punch, lemonade, etc., is served, usually with a ladle.

Origin of punch bowl

First recorded in 1685–95
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Examples from the Web for punch-bowl

Historical Examples of punch-bowl

  • The punch-bowl was empty, and the two bottles, empty also, stood beside it.

    The Northern Iron

    George A. Birmingham

  • Giddings was at the punch-bowl as on their arrival she swept past with the General.

    Aladdin & Co.

    Herbert Quick

  • He has got to the lee-side of some smuggler's punch-bowl, and he wunna budge the night, I doubt.'

    Red Gauntlet

    Sir Walter Scott

  • In fact no one observed which fellows visited which punch-bowl.

    Princeton Stories

    Jesse Lynch Williams

  • I hope he has not broken dear papa's punch-bowl that he used to be so fond of.

    Miss Marjoribanks

    Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant

Word Origin and History for punch-bowl

1690s, from punch (n.2) + bowl (n.).

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