or cig·a·ret

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. cig,
  2. cigar,
  3. cigar flower,
  4. cigar store,
  5. cigar-store indian,
  6. cigarette beetle,
  7. cigarette card,
  8. cigarette drain,
  9. cigarette end,
  10. cigarette girl

Origin of cigarette

1820–30; < French, equivalent to cigare cigar + -ette -ette

Related formsan·ti·cig·a·rette, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cigarette

British Dictionary definitions for cigarette


sometimes US cigaret

/ (ˌsɪɡəˈrɛt) /


a short tightly rolled cylinder of tobacco, wrapped in thin paper and often having a filter tip, for smokingShortened forms: cig, ciggy

Word Origin for cigarette

C19: from French, literally: a little cigar

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Word Origin and History for cigarette



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.

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