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


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

French, from Italian caraffa, from Spanish garrafa, probably from Arabic ġarrafa, dipper, cup, from ġarafa, to ladle, scoop; see ġrp in Semitic roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

First attested 1786, from French carafe, from Italian caraffa, probably from Arabic غرفة (ghúrfa, "cup or dipper"), from غرف (ghárafa, "to ladle").


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  • *reminds dontcry that the carafe is insulated*

    May 5, 2009

  • Well, great! Now it's cold.

    May 5, 2009

  • *finally pours*

    May 4, 2009

  • *stares blankly into empty glass*

    May 3, 2009

  • I say "cuh-RAFF" too. When I was a kid I said "CAHR-a-fey." Hee.

    May 3, 2009

  • Caraff. Girahff.

    May 2, 2009

  • My glass is empty. May you pour, please?

    May 2, 2009

  • Interesting. 'Round these parts it's usually "cuh-RAFF."

    May 2, 2009

  • Ca - raf (emphasize "ca")

    May 2, 2009

  • How do you pronounce this, gang?

    May 2, 2009

  • Not where I come from.

    April 30, 2009

  • Rhymes with giraffe.

    April 30, 2009