or she·root


Origin of cheroot

First recorded in 1660–70, cheroot is from the Tamil word curuṭṭu roll (of tobacco) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for sheroot


  1. a cigar with both ends cut off squarely

Word Origin for cheroot

C17: from Tamil curuttu curl, roll
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Word Origin and History for sheroot



late 17c., probably from Portuguese charuto "cigar," from Tamil curuttu "roll" (of tobacco), from curul "to roll." Originally a cigar from southern India; later a cigar of a certain shape.

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