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 In October, staff found contraband including cigarette lighters and drug paraphernalia in patients’ rooms and reported it to authorities. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2022 The company’s cigarette boxes were black with gold lettering — hence the association. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2022 The argument is that targeting cartoon cigarette ads in places where children go to school is free speech. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 On the boardwalk, an elderly woman furtively smokes a cigarette near the entrance to the beach -- a strictly no smoking area. Karla Cripps, CNN, 1 Aug. 2022 Artem Sandul, 20, pulled on a cigarette under the cover of a wood and mud bunker in the trenches as dawn broke. New York Times, 1 June 2022 Nearby, a 25-year-old with his head wrapped in a bandage puffed on a cigarette. Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2022 Nearby, a 25-year-old with his head wrapped in a bandage puffed on a cigarette. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 29 May 2022 Like in one scene, Stan’s mom puffs on a cigarette and offers a taxonomy of hippies to all the curious children in her car. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Cigarette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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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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