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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San Francisco said goodbye to e-cigarettes, an airplane maker went all-electric, and a Minnesota cop was awarded money because of her snooping colleagues. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "San Francisco's Juul Ban, an All-Electric Airplane, and More News," 21 June 2019 In that context, without a cigarette, without her flapper do, without the brick wall or the glowing light or the cleavage or the priest, the jumpsuit lost its mystique. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Fashions Fade, But Fleabag Is Forever," 8 June 2019 Wired Tobacco Ban Beverly Hills will ban most tobacco sales by 2021—that’s cigarettes, cigars and even e-cigarettes. Alan Murray, Fortune, "So Much for Fiat Chrysler and Renault: CEO Daily," 6 June 2019 The fact that it's being treated like cigarettes, rather than alcohol, is ridiculous. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "NXNE Turns 25: Michael Hollett on His Evolving Fest, Embracing Esports & Missed Opportunities on Cannabis," 4 June 2019 For years, she’s been known to saunter onto the red carpet with a carefree swagger, often with a cigarette in hand (or hanging from her mouth) while simultaneously signing autographs. Vogue, "At 54, Beatrice Dalle Is France’s Biggest Red Carpet Rebel," 20 May 2019 At a pack a day (20 cigarettes), the risk is tripled compared to nonsmokers. Ryan Blethen,, "‘Even one cigarette’ in pregnancy can raise risk of baby’s death, study finds," 3 Apr. 2019 For example, some e-cigarettes marketed as containing zero percent nicotine have been found to contain nicotine. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Vaping may pose a health risk — but many Mass. teens don’t know that," 22 May 2018 The ordinance requires signs be placed near where tobacco products, e-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products are already for sale, notifying people of the change in age. Rachel K. Hindery,, "Franklin Park raises age to buy and possess tobacco products," 20 June 2019

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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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