hoo·​kah ˈhu̇-kə How to pronounce hookah (audio) ˈhü- How to pronounce hookah (audio)

Examples of hookah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The couple could also infuse personalized touches into their itinerary, from hookah and henna during their welcome cocktail evening to honoring Denali, the Indian festival of lights, with sparklers. USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 In a video filmed on the outskirts of Khan Younis in southern Gaza in early January, combat engineering soldiers can be seen smoking hookah pipes before explosions take down residential buildings in the background. Chevaz Clarke, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 The bar and hookah lounge will partner with Caribbean food trucks. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 Additional hours, arts and crafts, professional photos, dessert stands, champagne cart, marquee numbers, hookah lounge and paint and picnic experience. Laurie Larsh, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Inside Gaza's tunnel network: Places for Hamas to attack, escape and regroup In Beirut, around the corner from a rally held by Hezbollah, a cafe was filled with a few dozen men and women smoking hookahs and watching the speech on two TV screens. Ellen Francis, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 Nevertheless, a visit to Cairo isn’t complete without getting lost in the winding alleys of Khan El-Khalili bazaar, where you might be enticed to buy incense sticks, small cups for mint tea, or mini hookahs. Nada El Sawy, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Nov. 2023 Cap off your night with pisco cocktails in Sunnyside or hookah in Astoria’s Little Egypt Sunnyside has a quiet, small-town vibe with lots of residential properties and storefronts dotted along the main commercial streets. Caroline Shin, Bon Appétit, 13 Oct. 2023 Haq has consulted on consumption lounge projects in West Hollywood, Chicago and Las Vegas, worked with a Van Nuys testing lab, helped launch high-tech hookahs and assisted big-name, multistate operators trying to get a foothold in the industry. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Arabic ḥuqqa bottle of a water pipe

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hookah was in 1763

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“Hookah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookah. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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