cig·​a·​rette ˌsi-gə-ˈret How to pronounce cigarette (audio)
variants or less commonly cigaret
: 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

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Word History


French cigarette, diminutive of cigare cigar, from Spanish cigarro

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cigarette was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Cigarette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


cig·​a·​rette ˌsig-ə-ˈret How to pronounce cigarette (audio)
: a small roll of cut tobacco wrapped in paper for smoking

from French cigarette, literally, "little cigar"

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