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soap dish

  1. a dish designed to hold a bar of soap, especially as a bathroom or kitchen fixture attached to a sink, lavatory, or bathtub.
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Origin of soap dish

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for soap-dish

Historical Examples

  • Both the soap-dish and the wash-basin should be scoured daily.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools

    Ministry of Education Ontario

  • The toy duck was still in the soap-dish, but I was too preoccupied to give it a thought.

    Right Ho, Jeeves

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • Striving to smother his mirth, Lanse bore the soap-dish away.

    The Second Violin

    Grace S. Richmond

  • Under the sink should be kept a slop-pail; and, on a shelf by it, a soap-dish and two water-pails.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher

  • The Eddystone lurched over, fell from its soap-dish rock and was engulfed in the quilty billows below.

    Tommy Tregennis

    Mary Elizabeth Phillips

Word Origin and History for soap-dish


1835 as a dish for a bar of soap; 1814 as a holder for shaving-soap, from soap (n.) + dish (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper