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or nar·gi·le, nar·gi·leh

[nahr-guh-lee, -ley]
  1. a Middle Eastern tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water before reaching the lips; hookah.
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Origin of narghile

1830–40; < Turkish nargile < Persian nārgīleh, derivative of nārgīl coconut, from which the bowl was formerly made
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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.

  • The amber mouthpiece of a narghile was between her lips and she was enveloped in a cloud of pale smoke.

    Tartarin de Tarascon

    Alphonse Daudet

  • Narghile, nr′gi-le, n. an Eastern tobacco-pipe, in which the smoke is passed through water.

British Dictionary definitions for narghile


nargile or nargileh

  1. another name for hookah
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Word Origin for narghile

C19: from French narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh a pipe having a bowl made of coconut shell, from nārgīl coconut
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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pipe for smoking," 1839, from French narghileh, from Persian nargileh, from nargil "cocoa-nut," of which the bowl was originally made.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.

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