cigarette or cig·a·ret [sig-uh-ret, sig-uh-ret] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a cylindrical roll of finely cut tobacco cured for smoking, considerably smaller than most cigars and usually wrapped in thin white paper.

Origin of cigarette 1820–30; French, equivalent to cigare cigar + -ette -ette Related formsan·ti·cig·a·rette, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for cigaret Historical Examples of cigaret

  • Don’t burn your lungs with cigaret smoke, or pipe smoke either.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • He could almost imagine the textured taste of the cigaret on his tongue.

    The Hills of Home

    Alfred Coppel

  • “This is not a cigaret lighter, but a heatgun,” she said flatly.

    Rebels of the Red Planet

    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • The cigaret dropped from Ansel Tomlin’s mouth as he opened it in amazement.

    The Seventh Order

    Gerald Allan Sohl

  • He heard the Officer of the Day comin and stuck his cigaret but in an oat bag.

    “That’s me all over, Mable”

    Edward Streeter

  • British Dictionary definitions for cigaret cigarette sometimes US cigaret noun

    1. a short tightly rolled cylinder of tobacco, wrapped in thin paper and often having a filter tip, for smokingShortened forms: cig, ciggy

    Word Origin for cigarette C19: from French, literally: a little cigar Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for cigaret cigarette n.

    1835, American English, from French cigarette (by 1824), diminutive of cigare “cigar” (18c.), from Spanish cigarro (see cigar). Spanish form cigarito, cigarita also was popular in English mid-19c. Cigarette heart “heart disease caused by smoking” is attested from 1884. Cigarette lighter attested from 1884.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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