raf·​fia | \ ˈra-fē-ə How to pronounce raffia (audio) \

Definition of raffia

: the fiber of the raffia palm used especially as cord for tying and weaving

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Of note is this Dries Van Noten leather shoulder bag ($645, originally $1,074) and these Clergerie raffia platform sandals ($283, originally $565). Elaheh Nozari, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best 4th of July Sales to Shop This Weekend," 3 July 2019 From roll-up visors, pliable raffias and flexible straws, to floppy bucket hats, there’s a topper to squish in every suitcase and suit every price point this season. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "11 Stylish (and Packable!) Sun Hats to Wear All Summer Long," 22 May 2019 In a London townhouse decorated by Rob Southern, entry walls are covered in a classic damask pattern printed on raffia paper by Stark. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: An Entry in a London Townhouse," 10 June 2014 Made from narrow, zigzagged raffia tape, this mega-hat is easy to pin or scrunch back, so the face is visible and less communal space is taken. Linda Dyett, The Seattle Times, "Hats are big this summer. Really, really big," 16 Aug. 2018 For hair, cut a length of natural raffia, glue middle of bunch to top of squash, then tie ends into pigtails with thin cotton ribbon. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 But there were plenty of beautifully detailed raffia pieces and tropical prints and colors. Nandini D'souza, Harper's BAZAAR, "Today in Fashion: Matthew Williamson," 20 Sep. 2010 Prana now rolls and ties each apparel item with raffia, instead of wrapping clothing in individual polybags. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "LimeLoop Makes Packaging Reusable," 3 July 2018 The film overflows with images of Africans looking amazing ― in (lion) furs, in raffia, in blinding gold. Amber Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda: Eddie Murphy's 'Coming to America' turns 30," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of raffia

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raffia

Malagasy rafia

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raffia palm

raffia wax


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English Language Learners Definition of raffia

: material that looks like string, is made from palm leaves, and is used to make baskets, hats, etc.

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to make or get by devious means

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