Definition of bowl in English:


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Pronunciation: /bəʊl


1A round, deep dish or basin used for food or liquid: a mixing bowl a sugar bowl
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  • Whatever happened to the classic kitchen table method using a salt and pepper pot, a sugar bowl and a vinegar bottle?
  • Pour liquid into a large bowl and mix in tomato juice, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, cayenne pepper and salt.
  • Put the sugar into the bowl of the food mixer, separate the eggs and add the yolks to the sugar.
dish, basin, pan, pot, crock, crucible, mortar; container, vessel, receptacle, repository; pudding bowl, soup bowl, fruit bowl, punchbowl, mixing bowl, sugar bowl, finger bowl, rose bowl; in ancient Greececrater
historical jorum, mazer, porringer, reservatory
1.1The contents of a bowl: they ate huge bowls of steaming spaghetti
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  • However, until then you can content yourself with giant bowls of hot noodles.
  • Those of us who survive mainly on bowls of cereal don't know whom to thank for last month's 29-cent drop in the local price of a gallon of milk.
  • Not only were we giving out warm blankets to the residents, we were also providing over 1,000 bowls of hot pho ga (chicken noodle soup).
1.2 [usually in names] A decorative round dish awarded as a prize in a competition: the McGeorge Rose Bowl
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  • Andrew said he was ‘totally surprised’ at his win and the award, a beech bowl carved by youngsters involved in the trust.
  • Quiz bowl competitions can be extremely tense affairs, with down to the line finishes and shattered dreams.
  • Last week, Fukuda took home another award - an engraved silver bowl from Tiffany.
1.3A rounded, concave part of an object: a toilet bowl the bowl of a spoon
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  • They unscrewed a Mason jar inside a toilet bowl to get that hollow, massive echo.
  • She was sitting on the closed lid of the toilet bowl, wounds far from being cleaned, clothes sweat-drenched and dirty.
  • Sometimes I'd just like to dunk my face in the toilet bowl, slam the lid on it; and commit sewercide!
1.4 Geography A natural basin.
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  • Her wings had long since begun to ache when she finally crossed the circle of mountains into the natural bowl beyond.
  • It was a mile-long track, kidney shaped, roughly on the alignment of the present road circuit in a natural bowl of giving spectators wonderful viewing.
  • Where the road was, the house seemed to be at the bottom of a shallow bowl of weeds and terrain.
2 [in names] chiefly US A stadium for sporting or musical events: the Hollywood Bowl
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  • But the stadium is a bowl with two tiers all the way round and it's kind of on top of you.
  • Cleveland has a fresh face and while Pittsburgh is in the process of ditching the Three Rivers' stadium, it is not to build a space-age out-of-town bowl or dome.
  • The defence which resisted Holland in the orange bowl of the arena for two hours last week was breached three times at home by Denmark during the qualifying campaign.
stadium, arena, amphitheatre, coliseum, colosseum; enclosure, ground; in ancient Romecircus, hippodrome
informal park
rare cirque
2.1An American football game played after the regular season between leading teams: Pro Bowl [as modifier]: their last four bowl games
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  • There's still a chance for the Big Ten to place nine teams in bowl games this season.
  • Some schools will actually have lay-offs of between five and six weeks between the regular season and their bowl game!
  • You have your teams in the bowl games that are strong; anyone one can beat anybody on that level.


Old English bolle, bolla, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bol 'round object', also to boll.



noun (plural bowlfuls)
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  • At lunchtime at St Peter's Primary School in East Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire, the children pile chopped tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce on their plates from the huge bowlfuls laid out every lunchtime.
  • The light-brown bean and garlic dip tasted better than it looked… and we were soon asking for some more chips to finish off the bowlfuls.
  • The other is a ruthless, self-serving dealmaker, a fat cat determined to have bowlfuls of cream.

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