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[sig-uh-ret, sig-uh-ret] /ˌsɪg əˈrɛt, ˈsɪg əˌrɛt/
a cylindrical roll of finely cut tobacco cured for smoking, considerably smaller than most cigars and usually wrapped in thin white paper.
Also, cigaret.
Origin of cigarette
1820-30; < French, equivalent to cigare cigar + -ette -ette
Related forms
anticigarette, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cigarette
  • In his films, he uses the name of a fictional cigarette brand called red apple.
  • Gold flake had been traditionally positioned as a premium cigarette.
  • On the right a cigarette factory, on the left a guard house, with a bridge at the back.
  • Industrial uses cigarette filters, ink reservoirs for fiber tip pens.
  • Once mixed with the tobacco using hands it is filled back into the cigarette blank.
  • This was helped by the development of tobaccos that are suitable for cigarette use.
  • Thus increased cigarette taxes are proposed as a means to reduce smoking.
  • Some countries require cigarette packs to contain warnings about health.
  • After taking a sleeping pill, she fell asleep in her bed with a lit cigarette.
British Dictionary definitions for cigarette


a short tightly rolled cylinder of tobacco, wrapped in thin paper and often having a filter tip, for smoking Shortened forms cig, ciggy
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: a little cigar
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Word Origin and History for cigarette

1835, American English, from French cigarette (by 1824), diminutive of cigare "cigar" (18c.), from Spanish cigarro (see cigar). Spanish form cigarito, cigarita also was popular in English mid-19c. Cigarette heart "heart disease caused by smoking" is attested from 1884. Cigarette lighter attested from 1884.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cigarette


noun phrase

An open-cockpit inboard power boat used for offshore racing, and to some extent for transporting contraband: the look on Bush's face as he pushes up the throttle on his cigarette boat: demonic/ a speedboat, one of those cigarettes like the black one out there

[1970s+; fr their elongated shape]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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