An open-topped glass flask used for serving wine or water in a restaurant: wine is available by glass, bottle, or carafe a carafe of retsina
More 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.
late 18th century: from French, from Italian caraffa, probably based on Arabic g̣arafa 'draw water'.