(in the Levant) a holder, usually of ornamental metal, for a coffee cup without a handle.

Also zurf.

Origin of zarf

First recorded in 1830–40, zarf is from the Arabic word ẓarf vessel, sheath Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for zarf



(esp in the Middle East) a holder, usually ornamental, for a hot coffee cup

Word Origin for zarf

from Arabic: container, sheath
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Word Origin and History for zarf

1836, from Arabic zarf "vessel."

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