ca·​rafe | \kə-ˈraf, -ˈräf \

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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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 Fast forward to October 2018, and a full collection of glasses, cups, carafes, vases, and tablecloths, all adorned with traditional Viennese motifs and colors, is now live on Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Aerin Lauder and Martina Mondadori Sartogo Celebrate the Launch of Aerin x Cabana at Estée Lauder’s Former Townhouse," 10 Oct. 2018 Coffee is hot immediately after brewing and will stay that way in the glass carafe for up to two hours. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "DeLonghi kMix 10-Cup Coffee Maker #DCM04," 10 Mar. 2014 Amid the neighborhood’s proliferation of artisanal cocktails and green juice variants, a stack of weird, relatively cheap pancakes and the simple joy of a coffee carafe of one’s own seem like quaint, endangered pleasures. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "In praise of IHOP’s cupcake pancake, the pinnacle of junk food," 22 June 2018 Another option is a French press: Just brew in the carafe and then press when it's done steeping. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Delicious Cold Brew Coffee at Home, No Fancy Equipment Needed," 1 June 2018 But most importantly, IHOP offers the Valhalla of breakfast: an entire carafe of coffee ($2.69) right on the table for your mug-refilling pleasure. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "In praise of IHOP’s cupcake pancake, the pinnacle of junk food," 22 June 2018 When ready, the coffee is served from a juglike clay carafe called a jebena. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Where to find unforgettable tea and coffee service in the Bay Area," 25 May 2018 Giambrone brought us a carafe of red wine, bread and a large plate of cheeses, cured meats, tuna-stuffed peppers, eggplant, artichokes and olives, followed by a plate of caprese (tomatoes and mozzarella). Alice Short,, "Avoiding pain and finding only pleasure in Sicily," 27 May 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


ca·​rafe | \kə-ˈraf \

Kids Definition of carafe

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

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