from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pail or bucket intended to be filled with ice for cooling wine in bottles or decanters.


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  • At midnight the supper-rooms were thrown open and we formed into little parties of six, each having a table, nobly served with plate, a lackey in attendance, and a gratifying ice-pail or two of champagne to egayer the supper.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers 2006

  • So there came oysters, with a cobwebbed bottle of old hock in a cradle, and an unknown delicate fish with burnt butter, and then the Navarin with champagne in an ice-pail, and fruit, and delicate foreign cheeses, and coffee which is a dream to the man whose unjaded palate first tries it in perfection.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray

  • Faraday's well-known ice-pail experiment proved this.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper

  • I listened to the ticking of the clock upon the mantelpiece and stared dully at the wine resting in the ice-pail which now contained nothing but dirty water.

    The Green Eyes of Bâst Sax Rohmer 1921

  • A bottle of wine stood in an ice-pail, in which the ice had long since melted, and a tempting cold repast was spread.

    The Green Eyes of Bâst Sax Rohmer 1921

  • "And I understand" -- again she made a little grimace -- "that it is quite an exceptional thing for the crew to be consoled, as I was to-day, by an ice-pail!"

    Studies in love and in terror Marie Belloc Lowndes 1907

  • Laverick took the bottle from the ice-pail by his side, but the sommelier darted forward and served them.

    Havoc 1906

  • An attentive waiter was already arranging an ice-pail in a convenient spot.

    The Mischief Maker 1906

  • Another waiter brought a tray and laid two covers on the table: a cold lunch, some fruit and a bottle of champagne in an ice-pail.

    The Crystal Stopper Maurice Leblanc 1902

  • I don't know what we had to eat, except that there were trout from the river, and luscious strawberries and cream; but I know that the dinner seemed perfect, and that the head waiter, a delightful person, brought us champagne, with a long-handled saucepan wrapped in an immaculate napkin, to do duty as an ice-pail.

    The Princess Passes 1901


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