cig·a·rette | \ˌsi-gə-ˈret, ˈsi-gə-ˌ\
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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Much is made of the brothers’ shared physical, emotional and temperamental attributes: the similarities in their gait and posture, their preference for Marlboro cigarettes. Justin Chang,, "'Three Identical Strangers' is a riveting account of identical triplets separated at birth," 28 June 2018 The man told police he was attacked while walking on Capitol Avenue near Broad Street when two men asked him for a cigarette, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Hartford Detectives Investigate Slashing, Police Say," 23 May 2018 College is good for picking up certain kinds of knowledge: Asking for a cigarette in Portuguese maybe, or writing a little code. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The GQ Grooming Guide for College Graduates," 17 May 2018 But the North Korean leader, who was reportedly chastised for smoking too much by his wife during a dinner in Pyongyang last month held as part of meeting to arrange Friday’s summit, only snuck out for one cigarette during the banquet. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Did you hear the one about the North Korean leader, the $100 bill and the trump card?," 30 Apr. 2018 Boehner, who is widely known to have a fondness for cigarettes and red wine, served as House speaker from 2011 until his abrupt resignation as speaker and as a congressman in 2015. NBC News, "John Boehner backs marijuana decriminalization, joins board of cannabis company," 11 Apr. 2018 Deliz was then discharged — which Moughni said was premature — and was roaming the hospital, asking people for cigarettes and change. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Muslim woman sues after patient attacks her in Dearborn hospital," 3 Apr. 2018 The world’s greatest Cantonese chef then bums a cigarette from chef Leung, twists his colleague’s ear with a smile, and heads out on to the crowded Kowloon streets, unnoticed and unremarked. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 The decreases come after California tripled the state cigarette tax in 2017, and the state’s minimum age for tobacco purchases increased from 18 to 21 in 2016. David Garrick,, "San Diego sees decrease in stores selling tobacco, hookah lounges, vape shops," 11 July 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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The first known use of cigarette was in 1832

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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 \

Kids Definition of cigarette

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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