nar·​ghi·​le ˈnär-gə-lē How to pronounce narghile (audio)
variants or nargileh
: a water pipe for smoking that originated in the Near East

Word History


Persian nārgīla, from nārgīl coconut, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Sanskrit nārikela coconut; from the original material used in making its bowl

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of narghile was in 1758

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Cite this Entry

“Narghile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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