Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Opening the door, I remove the coffee carafe from the bottom shelf, then the filter basket from the top.

    2008 September « Becca’s Byline

  • At first glance the hourglass shaped carafe, which is corseted by a wooden neck and a string of rawhide, exudes retro bohemian style.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • The carafe was a fine one, and the emptiness of the cups, arranged invitingly along the long table, carried an unmistakable air of expectation.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • A carafe is a coffee pot you can pour from, but there are both glass carafes and stainless steel carafes.

    WN.com - Articles related to PNG to benefit from increased coffee prices

  • Traditionally decanters, essentially glass serving vessels for wine, sometimes called a carafe, were used to separate aged wines from its sediment.

    Edmonton Sun

  • “This is not to merely plug Stein in to the ‘cubist’ slot – no argument from me that artists, even those associated with movements, are individuals – but to question whether her carafe is the product of a singleton or someone, as I’d argue, as much involved in group process as, in Stein’s own words, ‘writ [ing] for myself.’”

    t=e=m=p=e=r=a=m=e=n=t : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • On top of the cabinet stood a set of cognac glasses, a glass carafe with cognac and a photograph of a young woman.

    old story

  • I prefer reading on the couch because then I can stretch out, put my head down on a couple of pillows, get the proper lighting behind me ... and fill the coffee table with reading essentials: a cup of coffee and a carafe for refills, some finger snacks that don't make a mess (no Doritos, sadly) ... and no kids in the house to distract me ...

    Angels' Pawn is out! Psst...something cool in the post [Edited]

  • PepsiCo said Wednesday it began distributing Tropicana Pure Premium with carafe-style containers earlier this month in several western U.S. states.

    Tropicana Swaps Carton for Carafe

  • The boy returns bearing a carafe of Rhenish wine, several tankards of ale, a serving of sausages, and something I have never seen before, a small, crystal vial set alone on a pewter plate.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • *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