[ sam-uh-vahr, sam-uh-vahr ]
/ ˈsæm əˌvɑr, ˌsæm əˈvɑr /


a metal urn, used especially by Russians for heating water for making tea.

Nearby words

  1. samoan,
  2. samos,
  3. samosa,
  4. samoset,
  5. samothrace,
  6. samoyed,
  7. samoyedic,
  8. samp,
  9. sampaguita,
  10. sampaio

Origin of samovar

1820–30; < Russian samovár, equivalent to samo- self (see same) + -var, noun derivative of varítʾ to cook, boil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for samovar


/ (ˈsæməˌvɑː, ˌsæməˈvɑː) /


(esp in Russia) a metal urn for making tea, in which the water is heated esp formerly by charcoal held in an inner container or nowadays more usually by electricity

Word Origin for samovar

C19: from Russian, from samo- self (related to same) + varit' to boil

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Word Origin and History for samovar



1830, from Russian samovar, literally "self-boiler," from sam "self" (see same) + varit "to boil" (from Old Church Slavonic variti "to cook," from PIE root *wer- "to burn"); but this is perhaps folk-etymology if the word is from Tatar sanabar "tea-urn."

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