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A make of cigar, made in Cuba and the Dominican Republic; a (usually large) cigar of this make. [As Romeo y Julieta a trademark in the United States.]
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From Spanish Romeo y Julieta from the name of Romeo + y and + the name of Julieta. The make of cigar was named after the characters of Shakespeare's tragedy.
Romeo y Julieta/rəˈmɪəʊ iː ˌhuːlɪˈɛtə/
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