ca·​rafe kə-ˈraf How to pronounce carafe (audio) -ˈräf How to pronounce carafe (audio)
: a bottle with a flaring lip used to hold beverages and especially wine
We ordered a carafe of wine with the meal.
: a usually glass container used to hold and serve coffee

Examples of carafe in a Sentence

We drank a carafe of wine.
Recent Examples on the Web The brewed coffee then collects in a carafe or pot below. Michelle Rostamian, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Apr. 2024 Clean-up is also a breeze, since the glass carafe, lid, permanent filter basket, and detachable filter basket are all top-rack dishwasher-safe. Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024 Keep in Mind The carafe could have fit tighter into the body of the French press. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Apr. 2024 After dessert, Caro went unbidden to the kitchen, returning with a thermal carafe of hot water and a brown jar of Nescafé. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2024 The flavor profile isn’t sacrificed when kept warm in the carafe for extended periods of time. Olivia Avitt, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2024 The 17-ounce carafe makes exactly the right amount of coffee for my husband and I to each have a reasonable 8.5-ounce cup. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 26 Jan. 2024 Keep in Mind The carafe is difficult to clean thanks to a narrow opening. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Nov. 2023 The carafes are dishwasher safe and come with acrylic lids. Gabriela Izquierdo, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History


French, from Italian caraffa, from Arabic gharrāfa

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carafe was in 1767

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Cite this Entry

“Carafe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ca·​rafe kə-ˈraf How to pronounce carafe (audio) -ˈräf How to pronounce carafe (audio)
: a bottle that has a lip and is used to hold water or beverages

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