houri

noun

1
: one of the beautiful maidens that in Muslim belief live with the blessed in paradise
2
: a voluptuously beautiful young woman

Word History

Etymology

French, from Persian hūri, from Arabic ḥūrīya

First Known Use

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of houri was in 1737

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“Houri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/houri. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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