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1. A chalicelike holder for a hot coffee cup, typically made of ornamented metal, used in the Middle East.
2. A cardboard sleeve fitted around a hot, disposable beverage container.
[Arabic ẓarf, container.]
(Cookery) (esp in the Middle East) a holder, usually ornamental, for a hot coffee cup
[from Arabic: container, sheath]
a metal holder for a coffee cup without a handle, used in the Middle East.
[1830–40; < Arabic ẓarf vessel, sheath]
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|Noun||1.||zarf - an ornamental metal cup-shaped holder for a hot coffee cup|
holder - a holding device; "a towel holder"; "a cigarette holder"; "an umbrella holder"
Middle East, Mideast, Near East - the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century; "the Middle East is the cradle of Western civilization"