[wosh-bohl, wawsh-]


a large bowl or basin used for washing one's hands and face, small articles of clothing, etc.

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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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



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