ca·​rafe | \ kə-ˈraf How to pronounce carafe (audio) , -ˈräf How to pronounce carafe (audio) \

Definition of carafe

1 : a bottle with a flaring lip used to hold beverages and especially wine We ordered a carafe of wine with the meal.
2 : a usually glass container used to hold and serve coffee

Examples of carafe in a Sentence

We drank a carafe of wine.

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Spoon a cup of coarsely ground coffee into the stainless steel, super-fine mesh cone that sits inside the glass carafe. Lisa Zwirn,, "Brew an easier cold brew," 24 June 2019 Order a carafe of sake to share with your chef, and you may be rewarded. Soleil Ho,, "Shota takes the stodgy out of omakase dining," 20 June 2019 Once the coffee is brewed, stacking the lid on top of the bottom vessel activates a valve that allows coffee to drop into the carafe. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "High-design coffee maker looks like a ceramic pot," 12 June 2019 Keep a gallon jug or large carafe at your desk, by the bed at home, and on the kitchen counter as a constant reminder to drink up. Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 Wedding countdown: The final blend takes a minimum of three months. Price tag: $35,000 for 1 liter of fragrance in a crystal carafe, an engraved flacon, six refill flacons, and two travel sprays. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 Afterwards the coffee finds its way to the carafe below, ready to be served. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Retro Coffee Maker Brews a Pot With Vacuum Power," 17 Mar. 2015 Coffee: Hot and robust, poured from a silver carafe and served in fine China. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 That’s not to say that carafe-quality options aren’t still around. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Why You Should Consider the House Wine," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of carafe

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carafe

French, from Italian caraffa, from Arabic gharrāfa

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English Language Learners Definition of carafe

: a glass container that has a wide mouth and that is used to serve drinks (such as water or wine) during a meal also : the amount in a carafe


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Kids Definition of carafe

: a bottle that has a wide mouth and is used to hold water or beverages

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