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
Recent Examples of samovar from the Web
Later this month, Mr. Paley launches a full Russian afternoon tea at Portland’s Heathman Hotel, complete with Kiev tortes, his grandmother’s sour cream cake and vintage samovars.
An overturned brass samovar in a dingy brown train compartment.
There were sacks, bags, feather mattresses, children, samovars, pillows.
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Origin and Etymology of samovar
Russian, from samo- self + varit' to boil
First Known Use: 1830See Words from the same year
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