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)

Examples of cigarette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the leaflets will reportedly feature depictions of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s face smeared with cigarette butts, North Korean state-run media reported, according to NBC News. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "North Korea says it will send 'leaflets of punishment' across the border into South Korea as tensions remain," 20 June 2020 Police found the suspect behind the building sitting near a creek and smoking a cigarette. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Officers find suspected pot in car trunk after OVI arrest: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 20 June 2020 In army green, one cummerbund is slung below the hips of a model wearing elastic-waist trousers and a denim and shearling jacket; in a pastel crayon rubbing monogram print, another accessorizes a down jacket, button-down, and cigarette pants. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Louis Vuitton Pre-Spring 2021: Virgil Abloh Designs a New ‘Mid-Layer Garment’," 8 July 2020 At 20, posing in a Chinese dragon jacket, all legs and dangling cigarette. Kc Cole, Wired, "Keeping Up With the Coronas—or Why the Virus Is Winning," 7 July 2020 Social isolation is now viewed as a risk factor for premature death, similar to cigarette smoking, physical inactivity or obesity. Matthew Lee Smith, The Conversation, "Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic’s hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it," 6 July 2020 The agency stopped short of allowing IQOS to be marketed as reducing health risks associated with cigarette smoking, saying evidence did not support the claims Philip Morris proposed. Angelica Lavito,, "Philip Morris Allowed to Say IQOS Reduces Harmful Exposure," 6 July 2020 People will not be allowed to panhandle within 50 feet of a business or public monument, and e-cigarette and tobacco stores will have to pay greater fines for selling to underage customers starting July 1. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, "New driver safety and tobacco use laws go into effect July 1. Here's what you need to know.," 1 July 2020 Georgia has one of the lowest cigarette tax rates in the nation at 37 cents per pack. Mark Niesse, ajc, "Vaping tax advances as tobacco tax stalls in Georgia House," 26 June 2020

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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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26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cigarette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce cigarette (audio)

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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