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[kuh-raf, -rahf] /kəˈræf, -ˈrɑf/
a wide-mouthed glass or metal bottle with a lip or spout, for holding and serving beverages.
Origin of carafe
1780-90; < French < Italian caraff(a) < Spanish garrafa, perhaps < dialectal Arabic gharrāfah dipper, drinking vessel Unabridged
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  • The fellow saluted and went out, presently to return with a carafe full of water, and a glass.

  • Iredale produced a decanter and glasses and a carafe of water.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Both men started instantly to hand her the carafe that stood on a table near by.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • He flew and returned with a glass, the decanter of brandy and a carafe of water.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • There was an empty inkstand there also, and a carafe of water with a glass by it.

    The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
  • The speaker then paused, and took a sip of water from the carafe which stood at his elbow.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • The young girl ran and fetched a carafe of water and a tumbler, standing on a table by the wall.

British Dictionary definitions for carafe


/kəˈræf; -ˈrɑːf/
  1. an open-topped glass container for serving water or wine at table
  2. (as modifier): a carafe wine
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian caraffa, from Spanish garrafa, from Arabic gharrāfah vessel
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Word Origin and History for carafe

1786, from French carafe (17c.), from Italian caraffa (or Spanish garrafa), probably from Arabic gharraf "drinking cup," or Persian qarabah "a large flagon."

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