- one of the beautiful virgins provided in paradise for all faithful Muslims.
Origin of houri
Examples from the Web for houri
It was very like sitting in a bath, and, after the houri, we had to be carried a long way.Southern Arabia
I am to pay her—imagine making a pecuniary arrangement with an houri!A New Sensation
Who nightly turns the dwelling of horror into Mahomet's paradise with this Houri.Secresy
E. (Eliza) Fenwick
He married this houri and she bore a daughter called Paramisuli.Studies in Moro History, Law, and Religion
Najeeb M. Saleeby
To her Morgiana was fury, houri, and angel all in one moment.God Wills It!
William Stearns Davis
- (in Muslim belief) any of the nymphs of Paradise
- any alluring woman
Word Origin and History for houri
"nymph of Muslim paradise," 1737, from French houri (1650s), from Persian huri "nymph in Paradise," from Arabic haura "to be beautifully dark-eyed," like a gazelle + -i, Persian formative element denoting the singular.