Definition of cigar in English:
- They smoke pipes, whereas Bertie Wooster and his friends smoke cigars or cigarettes.
- The smoke from their cigars burned the inside of her nose as she quickly walked past them.
- Some cigarette smokers, particularly men, switch to smoking cigars or pipes as a means of giving up cigarettes.
- close, but no cigar
- North American informal (Of an attempt) almost, but not quite successful.[Referring to a cigar received in congratulation]Example sentences
- Despite demographic changes, all signs are that it will be another case of close but no cigar.
- These fall into the ‘close but no cigar’ category.
- It's a worthy effort: close but no cigar.
Early 18th century: from French cigare, or from Spanish cigarro, probably from Mayan sik'ar 'smoking'.
Cigar is from French cigare, or from Spanish cigarro, probably from Mayan sik'ar ‘smoking’. Mid 19th-century cigarette ‘little cigar’ was also adopted from French. The abbreviation ciggy dates from the 1960s.
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- British & World English dictionary
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