houri

noun
hou·​ri | \ ˈhu̇r-ē How to pronounce houri (audio) , ˈhü-rē How to pronounce houri (audio) \

Definition of houri

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

First Known Use of houri

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for houri

French, from Persian hūri, from Arabic ḥūrīya

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“Houri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/houri. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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