or cig·a·ret

[sig-uh-ret, sig-uh-ret]
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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

Related Words for cigarette

smoke, puff, butt, reefer, cubeb, fag, biri, gasper

Examples from the Web for cigarette

Contemporary Examples of cigarette

Historical Examples of cigarette

  • She did not glance at him, but held her cigarette in silence and refused to light it.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • He broke away from her with a gay laugh, and lit a cigarette.


    William J. Locke

  • Max, cigarette in hand, was coming across, under the ailanthus tree.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But he smoked incessantly, lighting one cigarette from another.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Chip took the cigarette from his lips and emptied his lungs of smoke.

British Dictionary definitions for cigarette


sometimes US cigaret

  1. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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