samovar

noun
sam·​o·​var | \ ˈsa-mə-ˌvär How to pronounce samovar (audio) \

Definition of samovar

1 : an urn with a spigot at its base used especially in Russia to boil water for tea
2 : an urn similar to a Russian samovar with a device for heating the contents

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Examples of samovar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Authentic Russian balalaika melodies set the mood as hostesses serve a beverage from the samovar -- the Bolshoi Golden Troika, (a mix of coffee, vodka and liqueurs) created by the house of Seagram. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 There will be no samovar, there will be no parasols. New York Times, 22 June 2021 The effect of her behavior now is to drive a wedge between the two brothers, based on the flimsiest of reasons: i.e., who went home with the samovar. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 The effect of her behavior now is to drive a wedge between the two brothers, based on the flimsiest of reasons: i.e., who went home with the samovar. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2021 The effect of her behavior now is to drive a wedge between the two brothers, based on the flimsiest of reasons: i.e., who went home with the samovar. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2021 Tanya gave me, on behalf of everyone at the hospital, a Russian wooden spoon and a small samovar. Yair Reisner, Time, 24 Apr. 2020 Home is the usual Russian affair—chaise longue: check; samovar: check—but the women’s clothes, and their language, are jarringly modern. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 29 July 2019 The hosts have staged a fine tournament, full of smiles, solyanka and samovars — and a bit of vodka, too. Ronald Blum, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of samovar

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for samovar

Russian, from samo- self + varit' to boil

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“Samovar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/samovar. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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