A container used for serving wine, like the kind you get when you order jug wine with your pizza. The best kind of carafe for decanting wine has a wide base, a medium neck, and a flared lip designed for smooth pouring. A quality carafe or decanter will easily hold the contents of a standard 750ml bottle, with plenty of room for the beneficial effect of air. Carafe is a French term derived from the Italian caraffa, which is derived from the Spanish garrafa, which probably derived from the Arabic garafa, a word that means "to ladle" or "scoop."