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 punchbowl

Historical Examples of punchbowl

  • “Ter-r-r-r-rattle,” and part of the big China punchbowl covered.

    Christmas Penny Readings

    George Manville Fenn

  • Maps showing these trails may be obtained from them at 1179 Punchbowl St. in Honolulu.

  • From the outskirts of the crowd he perceived Victoria presiding over the punchbowl that held the lemonade.

  • Vanished is the punchbowl where the amorous Tracy Tupman drank too many cups of negus on that memorable night.

    Chimney-Pot Papers

    Charles S. Brooks

  • His punchbowl may be seen here, his footprints there; but the greatest of his enterprises was certainly the Dyke.

British Dictionary definitions for punchbowl



a large bowl for serving punch, lemonade, etc, usually with a ladle and often having small drinking glasses hooked around the rim
British a bowl-shaped depression in the land
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