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[wosh-bohl, wawsh-]
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  1. a large bowl or basin used for washing one's hands and face, small articles of clothing, etc.
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Origin of washbowl

First recorded in 1520–30; wash + bowl1
Also called wash·ba·sin [wosh-bey-suh n, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌbeɪ sən, ˈwɔʃ-/.
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Related Words for washbasin

pot, bowl, pan, lagoon, valley, pool, watershed, tub, gulf, bay, sag, hollow, ewer, concavity, sink, vessel, hole, sinkhole, dip, depression

Examples from the Web for washbasin

Historical Examples of washbasin

  • She's bought him a washbasin with a rim of puppies, and a red stocking cap.


    Zona Gale

  • One evening I stepped to the door to throw out a washbasin of water and saw a large dog standing there.

  • There was a bed in it of excellent quality, a chair and one very rickety table furnished with jug and washbasin—no more.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • He got up, went to the washbasin and sopped a towel, which he bound about his head and lay down again—no relief.


    Maud Wilder Goodwin

  • Be it remembered that the sahib's shirts are correctly enumerated, and that there is an extra piece of soap in his washbasin.

British Dictionary definitions for washbasin


  1. Also called: washbowl a basin or bowl for washing the face and hands
  2. Also: wash-hand basin a bathroom fixture with taps, used for washing the face and hands
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