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Line breaks: cigar
Pronunciation: /sɪˈɡɑː

Definition of cigar in English:


A cylinder of tobacco rolled in tobacco leaves for smoking.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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.


close but no cigar

North American informal (Of an attempt) almost but not quite successful: they didn’t catch him in the car—close but no cigar
[referring to a cigar received in congratulation]
More 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.

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