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or nargile, nargileh

[nahr-guh-lee, -ley] /ˈnɑr gə li, -ˌleɪ/
a Middle Eastern tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water before reaching the lips; hookah.
Origin of narghile
1830-40; < Turkish nargile < Persian nārgīleh, derivative of nārgīl coconut, from which the bowl was formerly made Unabridged
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  • He is sitting on a cushion, leaning against the wall and smoking his narghile.

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
  • When we found him he was sitting on a divan of velvet, smoking his narghile.

  • On the carpet was a narghile of silver and several perfume-burners.

    Abb Aubain and Mosaics Prosper Mrime
  • The amber mouthpiece of a narghile was between her lips and she was enveloped in a cloud of pale smoke.

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • narghile, nr′gi-le, n. an Eastern tobacco-pipe, in which the smoke is passed through water.

  • He relapsed into thought, and for some time the silence was only broken by the bubbling of the water in the narghile.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • I used to sit in one of the coffee-houses and drink coffee or tea and smoke the long-stemmed water-pipe, the narghile.

    War in the Garden of Eden

    Kermit Roosevelt
  • The young wife was looking at her husband who was smoking a narghile, the only form of pipe she would have suffered in that room.

    Paz Honore de Balzac
  • His meal over, the young Turk stretches himself on the floor in true Eastern style, and begins carelessly to smoke a narghile.

  • He was squatting on the floor next to an oriental coffee tray poking at a narghile that had gone out.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
British Dictionary definitions for narghile


/ˈnɑːɡɪlɪ; -ˌleɪ/
another name for hookah
Word Origin
C19: from French narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh a pipe having a bowl made of coconut shell, from nārgīl coconut
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Word Origin and History for narghile

"oriental water pipe for smoking," 1839, from French narghileh, from Persian nargileh, from nargil "cocoa-nut," of which the bowl was originally made. The Persian word is probably from Sanskrit narikerah, which may be from a Dravidian source.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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