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carafe Syllabification: ca·rafe
Pronunciation: /kəˈraf/

Definition of carafe in English:


An open-topped glass flask typically used for serving wine or water.
Example sentences
  • On the table stood two bottles of wine and a glass carafe, all empty.
  • The wine is fairly dry and needs a little aeration to open it up, so decant into a carafe, water pitcher, etc., 30 minutes before serving.
  • All sorts of glasses are on offer, from mineral water glasses, beer draught glasses, carafes, vases, you name it; made out from different kinds of bottles.
flask, jug, pitcher, decanter, flagon


Late 18th century: from French, from Italian caraffa, probably based on Arabic g̣arafa 'draw water'.

  • Adopted via French from Italian caraffa, carafe is probably based on Arabic garafa ‘draw water’.

Words that rhyme with carafe

caff, faff, gaff, gaffe, naff, Najaf, piaffe, Taff
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