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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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 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

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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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