[hyoo-mi-dawr or, often, yoo-]


a container or storage room for cigars or other preparations of tobacco, fitted with means for keeping the tobacco suitably moist.

Origin of humidor

First recorded in 1900–05; humid + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humidor

Historical Examples of humidor

  • Drawford selected a cigar from the humidor on his desk and offered one to Turnbull.

    Dead Giveaway

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Slowly I let the lift break, and lowered the humidor to his desk.

    Modus Vivendi

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • “Every one to his own taste,” he observed as he called rather sharply to Tokudo to bring him his humidor.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • Lancaster got a cigar from the humidor and collapsed his long gaunt body across chair and hassock.


    Poul William Anderson

  • Parallel to background down stage, tea table with coffee service thereon; near it to right, smaller table, on it a humidor.


    Ludwig Thoma

British Dictionary definitions for humidor



a humid place or container for storing cigars, tobacco, etc
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Word Origin and History for humidor

1903, from humid on model of cuspidor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper