Definition of samovar in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsaməˈvɑː//ˈsaməvɑː/


  • A highly decorated tea urn used in Russia.

    • ‘Three types of tea - nun chai, kehwa or mughil chai and doodhi kehwa or metha kehwa - are usually prepared in a samovar, a jug-like vessel with a funnel in the middle.’
    • ‘Visitors who made purchases were entitled to enter the drawing to win bicycles, shoes, coats, musical instruments, gramophones, cosmetics, samovars, and other prizes.’
    • ‘Around us, the market erupts with fifteen thousand people buying and selling everything from kitchen sinks and samovars to airconditioners, camels and carpets.’
    • ‘The company brilliantly captures the feel of the master's writing without having to resort to big dresses and gleaming samovars.’
    • ‘We'd expected modern and clean, with curtains, carpets and polished samovars, happy, helpful provodniks and reputedly awful food.’
    • ‘We all assembled in the kitchen, gulping down cups of tea from the samovar as none of us could really stomach any food, and Olga couldn't stomach making anything either.’


Russian, literally ‘self-boiler’.