[ hoo r-ee, houuh r-ee, hou-uh-ree ]
/ ˈhʊər i, ˈhaʊər i, ˈhaʊ ə ri /

noun, plural hou·ris.

one of the beautiful virgins provided in paradise for all faithful Muslims.

Nearby words

  1. hour hand,
  2. hourglass,
  3. hourglass contraction,
  4. hourglass murmur,
  5. hourglass stomach,
  6. hourlong,
  7. hourly,
  8. hours,
  9. housatonic,
  10. house

Origin of houri

1730–40; < French < Persian hūrī < Arabic ḥūr plural of ḥaurāʾ gazelle-eyed (woman)

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/ (ˈhʊərɪ) /

noun plural -ris

(in Muslim belief) any of the nymphs of Paradise
any alluring woman

Word Origin for houri

C18: from French, from Persian hūri, from Arabic hūr, plural of haurā' woman with dark eyes

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Word Origin and History for houris



"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.

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