American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chalicelike holder for a hot coffee cup, typically made of ornamented metal, used in the Middle East.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A holder for a coffee-cup: a term used throughout the Levant. These holders are usually of metal and of ornamental design in openwork. Their immediate object is to prevent the hot cup from burning the fingers.
- n. an ornamental container designed to hold a coffee cup and insulate it from the hand of the imbiber
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Art) A metallic cuplike stand used for holding a finjan.
- n. an ornamental metal cup-shaped holder for a hot coffee cup
- From Turkish zarf, from Arabic ظَرْف ẓarf, "container" (Wiktionary)
- Arabic ẓarf, container. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“i projeler dahilinde belirli zamanlar zarf? nda vatan?”
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