cigarette

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English[edit]

a cigarette in an ashtray

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French cigarette, from cigare, from Spanish cigarro + diminutive suffix -ette

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪ.ɡə.ɹɛt/, /sɪ.ɡəˈɹɛt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛt
  • Hyphenation: cig‧a‧rette

Noun[edit]

cigarette (plural cigarettes)

  1. Tobacco or other substances, in a thin roll wrapped with paper, intended to be smoked.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698, page 46:
      No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 7, in Crime out of Mind[1]:
      He rose to light my cigarette, then sank back into his wicker chair contentedly. The tea was weak, but not cold, thanks to the hot-plate.
    • 1989 January 27, Stephen Fry & al., "Doctor Tobacco" A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Season 1, Episode 3:
      Tobacconist: Right. I want to try you on a course of these: one twenty times a day. Have you taken them before?
      Patient: Um, what is it?
      Tobacconist: It's a simple nicotinal arsenous monoxid preparation taken bronchially as an infumation.
      Patient: Infumation?
      Tobacconist: Yes, you just light the end and breathe it.
      Patient: What, like cigarettes?
      Tobacconist: You know them then. Actually, it's a bit hard to admit but they're basically an herbal remedy... A leaf originally from the Americas, I believe, called tobacco.
      Patient: But medicated?
      Tobacconist: Medicated? No.
      Patient: These are ordinary cigarettes?
      Tobacconist: That's right.
      Patient: But they're terribly bad for you, aren't they?
      Tobacconist: I hardly think I would be prescribing them if they were bad for you.
      Patient: Twenty a day?
      Tobacconist: Yes, ideally moving on to about thirty or forty.
    • 2008, Thomas A. Liuzzo, One Last Cigarette: Memoirs of a 5-pack-a-day Smoker!, AuthorHouse (→ISBN), page 20:
      Grandma has an occasional cigarette, as well as Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Julie, and our kids give them crap about it.

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Verb[edit]

cigarette (third-person singular simple present cigarettes, present participle cigaretting, simple past and past participle cigaretted)

  1. (slang, rare) To give someone a cigarette, and/or to light one for them.
    Could someone cigarette me?

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cigare +‎ -ette.

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Noun[edit]

cigarette f (plural cigarettes)

  1. cigarette
    Synonyms: clope, sèche
    Hyponyms: Gitane, Gauloise
    Meronyms: filtre, papier, tabac

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All are borrowed.

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