Definition of shisha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːʃə/


1(In Egypt and other Arabic-speaking countries) a hookah.
Example sentences
  • Camel rides await them and afterwards they will gather round to smoke a shisha (an Arabic water pipe).
  • Still, the area around Na'ama Bay comes to life at night, when you can explore the neon bazaars or smoke a leisurely shisha pipe while taking in the evening parade.
  • And he said that the shisha is not as damaging to health as cigarettes are.
1.1 [mass noun] Tobacco for smoking in a hookah, especially when mixed with flavourings such as mint.
Example sentences
  • The Jordanian-born of the Sahara Cafe has flavoured tobacco called shisha and smoking vessels called argeeleh or hubble-bubbles in his shop.
  • The day we visit, we are caught between an American tour group and a group of retired upper class Copts who have come to smoke shisha and gossip about old times.
  • You may see some people gather to drink tea or smoke shisha in this lounge.


Egyptian Arabic shiisha, from Turkish şişe.

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