[ si-gahr ]
/ sɪˈgɑr /


a more or less cylindrical roll of tobacco cured for smoking, of any of various lengths, thicknesses, degrees of straightness, etc., usually wrapped in a tobacco leaf.


    no cigar, Informal. not being a winning or successful effort, as if not good enough to earn a cigar as a prize: He made a good try at fielding the ball, but no cigar.

Origin of cigar

First recorded in 1625–35, cigar is from the Spanish word cigarro

Related forms

ci·gar·less, adjectiveci·gar·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cigar


/ (sɪˈɡɑː) /


a cylindrical roll of cured tobacco leaves, for smoking

Word Origin for cigar

C18: from Spanish cigarro, perhaps from Mayan sicar to smoke
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