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

There is another scene in which Meredith pours a cup of coffee from a carafe in the kitchen she shares with Knox.
Lifetime’s Amanda Knox Movie Barbie Latza Nadeau February 14, 2011

My only line was, I pour some water from a carafe into a glass and say, “Here, Harry, have some water and calm down.”
Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview Alex Belth February 15, 2014

When you order a cup, a carafe is brought to your place at the table or counter so you can refill your cup as needed.
Welcome to Yooperland, A Little Slice of Finland in Michigan Jane & Michael Stern May 10, 2014

Historical Examples

The fellow saluted and went out, presently to return with a carafe full of water, and a glass.
The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge Percy F. Westerman

Iredale produced a decanter and glasses and a carafe of water.
The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum

Both men started instantly to hand her the carafe that stood on a table near by.
Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady

He flew and returned with a glass, the decanter of brandy and a carafe of water.
Dracula Bram Stoker

There was an empty inkstand there also, and a carafe of water with a glass by it.
The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson

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

The young girl ran and fetched a carafe of water and a tumbler, standing on a table by the wall.
With Frederick the Great G. A. Henty


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


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


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