from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A glass or metal bottle, often with a flared lip, used for serving water or wine.
- n. A glass pot with a pouring spout, used in making coffee.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bottle, usually glass and with a flared lip, used for serving water, wine, or other beverages.
- n. A glass pot with a spout for pouring, used for both serving coffee and as a receptacle during the brewing process.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A glass water bottle for the table or toilet; -- called also croft.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A glass water-bottle or decanter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bottle with a stopper; for serving wine or water
French, from Italian caraffa, from Spanish garrafa, probably from Arabic ġarrafa, dipper, cup, from ġarafa, to ladle, scoop; see ġrp in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1786, from French carafe, from Italian caraffa, probably from Arabic غرفة (ghúrfa, "cup or dipper"), from غرف (ghárafa, "to ladle"). (Wiktionary)