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[hoo r-ee, houuh r-ee, hou-uh-ree]
noun, plural hou·ris.
  1. one of the beautiful virgins provided in paradise for all faithful Muslims.
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Origin of houri

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

  • By that good lady the Houris are said to be held in deficient esteem.

    The Devil's Dictionary

    Ambrose Bierce

  • Abdullah Ben Osman's mouth will be closed by the kisses of houris.

  • The Houris and the females are exempted from the infirmities of their sex.

  • For there is no Saki to do it, either here or with the houris.

  • My houris are making progress, and their education is improving.

British Dictionary definitions for houris


noun plural -ris
  1. (in Muslim belief) any of the nymphs of Paradise
  2. any alluring woman
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Word Origin

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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