Definition of cigarette in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsiɡəˌret/
Pronunciation: /ˌsiɡəˈret/
(also cigaret)


1A thin cylinder of finely cut tobacco rolled in paper for smoking.
Example sentences
  • There is a perception that light smoking or smoking low tar cigarettes is not dangerous.
  • Her voice was low and husky from smoking twenty cigarettes a day in that sexy cigarette holder she always used.
  • What is the best way to stop tobacconists selling cigarettes to children?
informal smoke, butt, ciggie/ciggy, cancer stick, coffin nail
British informal fag
1.1A cylinder containing a narcotic, herbs, or a medicated substance for smoking.
Example sentences
  • The following morning he said he rolled several cannabis cigarettes to smoke during the day.
  • Herbal cigarettes, sold in pharmacies and health stores, have a very limited market.
  • The gradual replacement of regular cigarettes with non-tobacco herbal cigarettes is an effective aid in tobacco detoxification.


Mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of cigare (see cigar).

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Syllabification: cig·a·rette

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