raf·​fia ˈra-fē-ə How to pronounce raffia (audio)
: the fiber of the raffia palm used especially as cord for tying and weaving

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Roll-packing—tying rolled garments with recyclable twine or raffia and shipping them in master cartons—became the packaging method of choice. Chris Burton, Outside Online, 27 Aug. 2021 Designers seemed to be in unison, each delivering their takes on leather, suede, raffia, and yarn fringed handbags. Gaby Keiderling, Vogue, 1 Sep. 2022 Friday saw designs using raffia and perforations resembling wicker to create styles that have been seen in other collections this season, too. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 30 Sep. 2022 Nick Cave's 10 feet tall raffia and hair sound suits interacted and danced at the edge of the stage to songs and performances by The Flaming Lips. April Wallace, Arkansas Online, 25 Sep. 2022 Finally, actor Griselda Siciliani arrived, rocking what appears to be a gray version of the viral raffia and wood Prada bag and matching PVC Prada heels. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2022 The Williams Sonoma Newport Natural Chandelier is the focal point of the living room, with its tiered raffia wrapped metal frame. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2022 Take this classic pair of raffia and suede shoes from Gabriela Hearst, a multicolor sun hat from Paco Rabanne, and a handwoven necklace from Johanna Ortiz for example. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 1 Aug. 2022 But the in-house working group lit upon a possible solution in roll-packing, where garments are tightly rolled and bound with a length of recyclable raffia, then packed into shipment boxes with a single, reusable poly lining. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 16 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History


Malagasy rafia

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of raffia was in 1850

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“Raffia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raffia. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



raf·​fia ˈraf-ē-ə How to pronounce raffia (audio)
: fiber from a palm of Madagascar and Africa used as a cord for weaving various articles (as baskets or hats) and for tying
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