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[sig-uh-ret, sig-uh-ret] /ˌsɪg əˈrɛt, ˈsɪg əˌrɛt/
a cylindrical roll of finely cut tobacco cured for smoking, considerably smaller than most cigars and usually wrapped in thin white paper.
Origin of cigarette
1820-30; < French, equivalent to cigare cigar + -ette -ette
Related forms
anticigarette, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cigaret
Historical Examples
  • Don't burn your lungs with cigaret smoke, or pipe smoke either.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • He could almost imagine the textured taste of the cigaret on his tongue.

    The Hills of Home Alfred Coppel
  • "This is not a cigaret lighter, but a heatgun," she said flatly.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • The cigaret dropped from Ansel Tomlin's mouth as he opened it in amazement.

    The Seventh Order Gerald Allan Sohl
  • He heard the Officer of the Day comin and stuck his cigaret but in an oat bag.

    "That's me all over, Mable"

    Edward Streeter
  • He lighted a cigaret, and getting into bed turned on his reading lamp.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She lighted a cigaret from the stand beside her and fell to studying his face.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She lighted a cigaret from the stand at Natalie's elbow to steady herself.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He had been buying a cigaret case for Marion when the thought came to him.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He lighted a cigaret for Natalie, and standing off, surveyed her.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for cigaret


a short tightly rolled cylinder of tobacco, wrapped in thin paper and often having a filter tip, for smoking Shortened forms cig, ciggy
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: a little cigar
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Word Origin and History for cigaret



1835, American English, from French cigarette (by 1824), diminutive of cigare "cigar" (18c.), from Spanish cigarro (see cigar). Spanish form cigarito, cigarita also was popular in English mid-19c. Cigarette heart "heart disease caused by smoking" is attested from 1884. Cigarette lighter attested from 1884.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cigaret


noun phrase

An open-cockpit inboard power boat used for offshore racing, and to some extent for transporting contraband: the look on Bush's face as he pushes up the throttle on his cigarette boat: demonic/ a speedboat, one of those cigarettes like the black one out there

[1970s+; fr their elongated shape]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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