raffia

noun
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

Examples of raffia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crafted with intricate braiding and raffia combined with colorful stones, my collection fits perfectly with Bodrum’s resort-chic atmosphere. Bettina Zilkha, Forbes, "After Launching On Net-A-Porter, Serena Uziyel Opens A Store In Bodrum," 2 Mar. 2021 Characterized by wickerwork of raffia and bird feathers, as well as circular eyes, Gitenga masks represent the rising sun, a symbol of growth. NOLA.com, "Ritual mask from Zaire speaks to the importance of new beginnings," 14 Dec. 2020 Available in a neutral raffia or a bordeaux version, these ‘70s-style platforms are ready for your caftans and wide-legged jeans. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Kate Spade is offering up to 40% off — and donating to a good cause, too," 4 June 2020 These low, strappy sandals come with a tan base and a variety of strap colors, including black leather, tan woven raffia, white, and brown leopard print. oregonlive, "DSW sale on summer shoes: 40% off Crocs, Birkenstocks, more sandals and sneakers," 8 May 2020 These low, strappy sandals come with a tan base and a variety of strap colors, including black leather, tan woven raffia, white, and brown leopard print. oregonlive, "DSW sale on summer shoes: 40% off Crocs, Birkenstocks, more sandals and sneakers," 8 May 2020 These low, strappy sandals come with a tan base and a variety of strap colors, including black leather, tan woven raffia, white, and brown leopard print. oregonlive, "DSW sale on summer shoes: 40% off Crocs, Birkenstocks, more sandals and sneakers," 8 May 2020 These low, strappy sandals come with a tan base and a variety of strap colors, including black leather, tan woven raffia, white, and brown leopard print. Katey Clifford, al, "DSW summer styles on sale: Snag sandals, sneakers up to 40 percent off," 6 May 2020 African gods appear, masked and festooned in raffia, but intermission arrives without a strong sense of crisis, of what is at stake in the story. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: The Body Is Also a Percussive Instrument," 2 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raffia. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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raffia

noun

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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