Definition of narghile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːɡɪleɪ/
Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːɡɪli/


An oriental tobacco pipe with a long tube that draws the smoke through water; a hookah.
Example sentences
  • Velvet bellows, cushions, muskets, plates, microtonic music plus narghiles or hookahs for a post-prandial smoke of tobacco sweetened with such agents as rose essence.
  • Friday was also the day my artist friends gathered in a dirty teahouse where, for 1,500 dinar, you can purchase a glass of bitter lemon tea, rent a narghile (water pipe), and sit for hours.
  • They sit together and chew qat leaves (a mild narcotic) and smoke the narghile, or water-pipe.


Mid 18th century: from Persian nārgīl 'coconut, hookah', from Sanskrit nārikela 'coconut'.

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