[kuh-raf, -rahf]


a wide-mouthed glass or metal bottle with a lip or spout, for holding and serving beverages.

Origin of carafe

1780–90; < French < Italian caraff(a) < Spanish garrafa, perhaps < dialectal Arabic gharrāfah dipper, drinking vessel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carafe

Contemporary Examples of carafe

Historical Examples of carafe

  • Iredale produced a decanter and glasses and a carafe of water.

  • A carafe of Spanish wine and some glasses stood on a table close by.

  • There was an empty inkstand there also, and a carafe of water with a glass by it.

    The Angel of Pain

    E. F. Benson

  • He flew and returned with a glass, the decanter of brandy and a carafe of water.


    Bram Stoker

  • The speaker then paused, and took a sip of water from the carafe which stood at his elbow.


    P. G. Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for carafe



  1. an open-topped glass container for serving water or wine at table
  2. (as modifier)a carafe wine

Word Origin for carafe

C18: from French, from Italian caraffa, from Spanish garrafa, from Arabic gharrāfah vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for carafe

1786, from French carafe (17c.), from Italian caraffa (or Spanish garrafa), probably from Arabic gharraf "drinking cup," or Persian qarabah "a large flagon."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper