- a glass bowl in which goldfish, snails, etc. are kept; small aquarium
- any place where one's activities are open to public view
also fish bowl
- A transparent bowl in which live fish are kept.
- Informal A place that is lacking in privacy.
- A small simple aquarium.
- A term describing a place or event of intense scrutiny. Enthusiastic sports cities are often said to place the players on their team in a "fishbowl" atmosphere.