cig·​a·​rette | \ˌsi-gə-ˈret, ˈsi-gə-ˌ\
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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The surprise visit was part of the FDA’s mission to curb the use of e-cigarettes among teens, as reported by BuzzFeed News. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "The FDA Seizes Juul Documents to Shed Light on How They May Market to Young People," 3 Oct. 2018 The company sells cigarettes under brands such as Marlboro around the world but not in the U.S. Sales of its IQOS product have been weaker than expected this year. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Philip Morris Moves to Zero-based Budgeting Amid Product Shift," 1 Oct. 2018 Through the fog of cigarette smoke and heavy stage lighting, Hardy hoped his hoax would work. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Forced to Perform As Aretha Franklin," 2 July 2018 Naturally or unnaturally, one new study found that people, by starting wildfires with our cigarettes, campfires, and dangling trailer chains, have tripled the length of the modern fire season. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What the West Can Learn from Florida About Forest Fires," 27 June 2018 According to health officials, study authors and Consumer Reports medical experts, no e-cigarettes are safe. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Carcinogens found in regular cigarettes are in e-cigarettes, too, study finds," 28 May 2018 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes are not safe for youth and young adults. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Vaping may pose a health risk — but many Mass. teens don’t know that," 22 May 2018 In Oklahoma, the tax hikes on cigarettes, fuel, and oil and gas production will be enough for raises averaging about $6,100 annually, as well as funding boosts for schools, support personnel, and state workers. Sean Murphy, The Christian Science Monitor, "West Virginia teacher strike inspires Oklahoma, Arizona," 30 Mar. 2018 In Hollywood’s golden age of the 1940s and 1950s, cigarettes were as much a part of movies as opening credits. Travis M. Andrews, miamiherald, "Streaming services such as Netflix have more sex, violence — and, it turns out, smoking | Miami Herald," 19 Mar. 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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