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A metal urn with a spigot, used to boil water for tea and traditionally having a chimney and heated by coals.

[Russian : samo, self; see sem- in Indo-European roots + varit', to boil.]


(ˈsæməˌvɑː; ˌsæməˈvɑː)
(Cookery) (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
[C19: from Russian, from samo- self (related to same) + varit' to boil]


(ˈsæm əˌvɑr, ˌsæm əˈvɑr)

a metal urn, used esp. by Russians for heating water to make tea.
[1820–30; < Russian samovár=samo- self (see same) + -var, n. derivative of varít' to cook, boil]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.samovar - a metal urn with a spigot at the basesamovar - a metal urn with a spigot at the base; used in Russia to boil water for tea
urn - a large pot for making coffee or tea


[ˌsæməʊˈvɑːʳ] Nsamovar m


nSamowar m
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The little princess went round the table with quick, short, swaying steps, her workbag on her arm, and gaily spreading out her dress sat down on a sofa near the silver samovar, as if all she was doing was a pleasure to herself and to all around her.
The other Laspara girl sat, dishevelled and languid, behind an enormous samovar.
Surely it is for some welcome guest beyond the common that you have had the samovar [Tea-urn.
The workmen's cook, who had had a sleep after dinner and was now getting the samovar ready for her husband, turned cheerfully to Nikita, and infected by his hurry began to move as quickly as he did, got down his miserable worn-out cloth coat from the stove where it was drying, and began hurriedly shaking it out and smoothing it down.
Water is boiled in various ways, in particular, in heated metal containers known as samovars.
Samovars are made from metal and consist of a large urn-shaped container and a metal pipe running vertically through the middle.
The richly illustrated cover of the book depicts a man pouring a cup of tea with samovars and teapots on shelves.
The display will be in a staggering 17 categories, among them samovars, pots, cups and saucers; tiffins and containers, pots and pans; plates and thaalis; spoons, ladles, strainers; graters and knives; whiskers, mixers, churners; spice grinders and boxes; serving dishes; rolling pins, boards, tawas; stoves, chulhas; rice sieves and measuring tools for dry and liquid goods.
In addition, within the framework of the Festival there will be an exhibition of honey presented by Penza representatives of the beekeeping industry, an exhibition of samovars, a show of puppets.
Some of the people made tea in samovars to enjoy snowy weather.
From the famous onion dome statues to the popular Matryoshka dolls, ladle spoons, samovars -- it is all about Russia when you enter this pavilion which has over 80 exhibitors and kiosks.