cig·​a·​rette | \ ˌsi-gə-ˈret How to pronounce cigarette (audio) , ˈsi-gə-ˌret\
variants: or less commonly cigaret

Definition of cigarette

: a slender roll of cut tobacco enclosed in paper and meant to be smoked also : a similar roll of another substance (such as marijuana)

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Federal regulations prohibit anyone under 18 from buying e-cigarettes. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Bronx Science High School to Close Some Bathrooms to Combat Vape Use Among Students," 12 Nov. 2018 Brielle Beres, the victim, Martz and another teenage girl, who were all in the car, were reportedly on their way to a 24-hour gas station to buy cigarettes after a night of partying. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hartland man who gave teen drugs, alcohol before she died in fatal crash convicted of homicide," 22 June 2018 Ryans came in for Arbor Mist wines; Escalante bought cigarettes. Laura Crimaldi,, "Before kidnapping charges, Stewart Weldon cast a long shadow in Springfield," 17 June 2018 Of course, juveniles aren’t supposed to buy cigarettes, either, but in the 1990s, the cartoon character Joe Camel grew the Camel brand among juveniles. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Are cartoon characters on lottery scratch-off tickets a way to lure young gamblers?," 12 June 2018 The capture rate of cigarettes, estimated at 1 in 4, is markedly higher than that of intoxicants like alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Sally Satel, WSJ, "Vaping Is Harm Reduction," 13 Feb. 2019 What’s concerning about Juul is that each pod pack contains as much nicotine as one to two packs of cigarettes. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Of course, the ban of Juul could also lead many adults, who are using the product to wean of cigarettes, in the dust. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About the Juul Flavor Ban," 15 Nov. 2018 Then Montanez, a South End resident, arrived at the Breezeway and began smoking a cigarette outside, according to prosecutors. Travis Andersen,, "South Boston man convicted in Roxbury bar slaying," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of cigarette

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cigarette

French cigarette, diminutive of cigare cigar, from Spanish cigarro

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English Language Learners Definition of cigarette

: a small roll of paper that is filled with cut tobacco and smoked


cig·​a·​rette | \ ˌsi-gə-ˈret How to pronounce cigarette (audio) \

Kids Definition of cigarette

: a small roll of cut tobacco wrapped in paper for smoking

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