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

Examples of raffia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Light oak runs across the floors, while raffia and leather adorn the walls. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 May 2024 Ferguson’s high-neck look is clad in green and blue Swarovski crystal florets and black raffia ravens. Erin Lassner, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Complete the ladylike look in Nili Lotan’s army green jacket, Joseph’s white poplin skirt, and Loeffler Randall’s raffia day clutch. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 Other trends like a large woven bag that isn’t the usual wooden raffia fabric or a classic bucket bag in leather or canvas are on our radar as well. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 3 Apr. 2024 The design comes in five different colors and materials, including a seasonal raffia. Megan Schaltegger, Southern Living, 30 Mar. 2024 Stay on theme and style yours with Ulla Johnson’s crafty tank top, a pair of suede sandals from Staud, and a mini raffia tote, also from Ulla Johnson. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2024 The woven raffia is accented with sleek cognac leather forming a logo design, and the flared block heel feels equal parts retro and à la mode with what’s been shown on runways lately, but the 2-inch height won't leave you wobbly. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2024 What’s a beach vacation or summer outing without a raffia wedge? Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 1 Aug. 2023

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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 17 Jun. 2024.

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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