[sam-uh-vahr, sam-uh-vahr]
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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

Related Words for samovar

container, jar, vase, ossuary, pitcher, ewer, capsule, cistern, vessel, samovar

Examples from the Web for samovar

Historical Examples of samovar

  • But there was no more water in the samovar, so the hostess did not fill it up for him.

    Master and Man

    Leo Tolstoy

  • The samovar is hissing on the table by the stove, the tea things are set out.

  • The samovar, or Russian tea-urn, is boiling in the great room.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • "So I have been told," said Malcolm, as he filled a glass with tea from the samovar.

  • The samovar is always boiling and some one is always drinking tea there.

British Dictionary definitions for samovar


  1. (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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