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noun, plural cig·a·ril·los.
  1. a small, thin cigar.
  2. a cigarette with a wrapping of tobacco instead of paper.
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Origin of cigarillo

1825–35; < Spanish, diminutive of cigarro cigar
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Examples from the Web for cigarillo

Historical Examples

  • Food is always of secondary importance: he ranks it after his novia, after his cigarillo, after the bulls.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country

    L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street

  • In the Cigarillo manufactory about 2000 workmen find employment.

  • The men often sit with their hats on, and between the courses smoke a cigarette, or cigarillo in Spanish.

  • So without speech he blew the end off his cigarillo and handed it courteously to the Carlist soldier.

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett

  • The cigarillo is smoked slowly, the last whiff being the bonne bouche, the breast, la pechuga.

British Dictionary definitions for cigarillo


noun plural -los
  1. a small cigar often only slightly larger than a cigarette
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Word Origin and History for cigarillo


1829, from Spanish cigarillo, diminutive of cigarro (see cigar).

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