Share this entry
cigarette Syllabification: cig·a·rette
Pronunciation: /ˈsiɡəˌret/
(also cigaret)

Definition of cigarette in English:


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).

Definition of cigarette in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources