or nar·gi·le, nar·gi·leh
- a Middle Eastern tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water before reaching the lips; hookah.
Origin of narghile
Examples from the Web for narghile
Historical Examples of narghile
He is sitting on a cushion, leaning against the wall and smoking his narghile.The Syrian Christ
Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
When we found him he was sitting on a divan of velvet, smoking his narghile.
On the carpet was a narghile of silver and several perfume-burners.Abb Aubain and Mosaics
The amber mouthpiece of a narghile was between her lips and she was enveloped in a cloud of pale smoke.Tartarin de Tarascon
Narghile, nr′gi-le, n. an Eastern tobacco-pipe, in which the smoke is passed through water.
nargile or nargileh
- another name for hookah
Word Origin for narghile
Word Origin and History for narghile
"oriental water pipe for smoking," 1839, from French narghileh, from Persian nargileh, from nargil "cocoa-nut," of which the bowl was originally made. The Persian word is probably from Sanskrit narikerah, which may be from a Dravidian source.