Definition of cigar in US English:



  • A cylinder of tobacco rolled in tobacco leaves for smoking.

    • ‘She smelt a foul smell of cigars and cigarettes, and suddenly she wanted to move away.’
    • ‘Some cigarette smokers, particularly men, switch to smoking cigars or pipes as a means of giving up cigarettes.’
    • ‘He smokes two Cuban cigars every day and makes no apologies for it.’
    • ‘I plan on enjoying a nice glass of bourbon and a Cuban cigar while the results roll in.’
    • ‘He was pulling away from a couple of golfers who were smoking cigars and looked familiar.’
    • ‘Do you all sit around a big table drinking expensive brandy and smoking massive cigars?’
    • ‘They each had a glass of alcohol sitting beside them and Jamie was smoking a cigar.’
    • ‘It is the only isolated area in the restaurant but you can still have a chat with people while smoking cigars together.’
    • ‘There, he sat on his deck smoking cigars and watching the eagles roost in the trees.’
    • ‘For those of us who smoke cigars, it is very tempting to have one in the mouth as you play the game.’
    • ‘It tasted awful, but then smoking a cigar is never as pleasant as smelling it in the air.’
    • ‘The smoke from their cigars burned the inside of her nose as she quickly walked past them.’
    • ‘Basically all this man ever did was sit in a big black recliner and smoke cigars.’
    • ‘They smoke pipes, whereas Bertie Wooster and his friends smoke cigars or cigarettes.’
    • ‘Not being able to smoke a nice cigar with my friends at a local pub is rather irritating.’
    • ‘There is the moody Macanudo Fumoir for those who like to smoke cigars, and the buzzy Claridge's bar for those who like to drink.’
    • ‘He said that no staff member works at his cigar bar unless he or she likes to smoke cigars, as well.’
    • ‘The pleasure of dinner at the Ivy was dulled by smoke from a fat cigar.’
    • ‘Frost lifts a fat cigar from the ashtray, and enquires politely if I mind.’
    • ‘Then he started smoking his cigars, so Mum and I found ourselves another carriage to occupy.’


  • close, but no cigar

    • informal (of an attempt) almost, but not quite successful.

      • ‘It's a worthy effort: close but no cigar.’
      • ‘Despite demographic changes, all signs are that it will be another case of close but no cigar.’
      • ‘‘Close, but no cigar’ is a cliché, but it helps comfort those of us who don't always emerge victorious.’
      • ‘These fall into the ‘close but no cigar’ category.’


Early 18th century: from French cigare, or from Spanish cigarro, probably from Mayan sik'ar ‘smoking’.