Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chalicelike holder for a hot coffee cup, typically made of ornamented metal, used in the Middle East.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an ornamental container designed to hold a coffee cup and insulate it from the hand of the imbiber

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A metallic cuplike stand used for holding a finjan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A holder for a coffee-cup:

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ornamental metal cup-shaped holder for a hot coffee cup

Etymologies

Arabic ẓarf, container.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish zarf, from Arabic ظَرْف ẓarf, "container" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was served in small cups without handles (known as fincan), which were placed in holders known as zarf (from the Arabic word, meaning container, envelope) to protect the cup and also the fingers of the drinker from the hot fluid.

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  • Muslims have a fantastic ability to turn on and off their "deeply sincere" beliefs when it comes to fooling non-Muslims, whether selling in a souk (that metalwork zarf-and-finjan set in Morocco, the hubble-bubble pipe in Egypt, the carpet in Damascus), or outside the souk, selling Infidels a bill of goods.

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  • Yeh log toh hameshaa hii aallah-zarf log rahe hain (people of higher intelect), how can we imagine to put ourselves at a higher level vis-a-vis them and do the critiqing on them because we can do critiqing on another person only when we are at a level which is "one plus" the person we are attempting to criticise.

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  • i projeler dahilinde belirli zamanlar zarf? nda vatan?

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  • It's a bubbling mix of siphons and perks
    And musical names for sensual works.
    Like neck to a scarf
    Is finjan to zarf
    And hookahs soothe the throats of the Turks.

    April 4, 2014

  • They even provide them for you when you order a cup of tea on the train ... very elegant.

    May 12, 2008

  • You see something like this all the time in Russia, where they drink hot tea in a glass (called �?такан – stakan) which you hold with a metal holder, called под�?таканник – podstakannik, which means "under-stakan-device". I wonder if they got this from the Muslim Tatars who ruled Russia in the Middle Ages, and if so, maybe this podstakannik is cousin to the zarf.

    May 12, 2008

  • See finjan (the handleless coffee cup that fits inside a zarf).

    February 26, 2007

  • the thing that goes around a coffee cup so that you don't burn your fingers

    December 2, 2006