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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So will higher taxes on cigarettes and gasoline and other sources. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a $40 billion state budget into law. Here's a look at what your tax dollars are buying.," 6 June 2019 Beverly Hills has become the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales, with the City Council phasing out the sale of everything from cigarettes and cigars to e-cigs and snuff by 2021. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Beverly Hills Just Became the First U.S. City to Largely End Tobacco Sales," 5 June 2019 The measure also calls for tax increases on cigarettes and parking garages. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: State delivers airport funding, casino, racetrack and more to south suburbs," 4 June 2019 Or maybe the Juulers have moved on to cigarettes or have gotten better at hiding the habit. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Vaping gone viral: the astonishing surge in teens’ e-cigarette use," 18 Dec. 2018 Under regulations recently released, marijuana will generally be treated more like cigarettes than alcohol. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Legal Marijuana Is Coming to Canada. Investors Catch the Buzz.," 8 July 2018 There will be no broad sales tax increase as part of the deal, though that tax will be levied on e-cigarettes and lodgings like Airbnb. CBS News, "New Jersey avoids shutdown one year after Christie's infamous beach photos," 30 June 2018 Proponents claim that minuscule doses of psychedelics enhance creativity and productivity while reducing depression, anxiety, and cravings for cigarettes and alcohol. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 Authorities attribute the drop to recent anti-smoking measures and higher taxes on cigarettes. Andrea Diaz, CNN, "One million people in France quit smoking last year," 29 May 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 How to pronounce cigarette (audio) \

Kids Definition of cigarette

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

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