cig·​a·​rette | \ ˌsi-gə-ˈret, 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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James repeatedly calls Kristen by her first and last name while smoking a cigarette, James Dean-style. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "9 Dramatic 'Vanderpump Rules' Moments Nobody Can Ever Forget," 3 Dec. 2018 The stepfather placed the boy in bed upstairs and then went outside to smoke a cigarette, Walker said. Robert Moran,, "Police investigating death of boy, 6, in Southwest Philly," 12 July 2018 The store clerk watched as Johnson lit a cigarette with the lighter and asked him to return the lighter when he was finished, police said. Andres Picon,, "Cambridge 19-year-old arrested for armed robbery of $2.33 lighter," 11 July 2018 Meet #NewportNancy, a white woman living in Georgia who felt bothered by the fact that her neighbor—a black woman—was smoking a cigarette in the parking deck of their complex. Monique Judge, The Root, "#NewportNancy Wants Black Neighbor Evicted For Smoking Cigarettes in the Parking Lot," 4 July 2018 Sucking on a Juul creates a similar sensation to smoking a cigarette. Fortune, "E-Cigarette Maker Juul Is Said to Seek $1.2 Billion in Funding," 30 June 2018 In the opening scene Frank sits behind the counter at his store, smoking a cigarette and listening to a record on his headphones while a single customer browses through the bins. Danielle Gensburg, Chicago Reader, "Music is the connecting tissue in indie drama Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman," 28 June 2018 Hamahang lights a cigarette and takes a slow drag, enjoying this long-time habit that doesn’t seem to affect his singing. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 Volunteer Chip Spencer, 41, took a break from shoveling mud to have a cigarette. Christina Tkacik,, "Ellicott City begins the great 'muck out' — again," 3 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 \

Kids Definition of cigarette

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

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