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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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  • But unlike food processors, the carafe does not lock into the base and can be a bit wobbly.
  • While you contemplate your choices, a tower of airy pita bread with a carafe of olive oil appears on your table.
  • To extend the temporary suspension of duty on self contained, carafe-less automatic drip coffeemaker.
  • To extend the temporary suspension of duty on self contained, carafe-less automatic drip coffeemaker with electronic clock.
  • The handle can come loose from the body of the carafe and cause liquid to spill, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
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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