Definition of tobacco in English:



  • 1A preparation of the nicotine-rich leaves of an American plant, which are cured by a process of drying and fermentation for smoking or chewing.

    • ‘Smokeless tobacco is most commonly used in rural regions but use in urban areas is growing.’
    • ‘The socioeconomic differences are more marked for smoking than for chewing tobacco.’
    • ‘This can happen due to variety of reasons, the commonest being smoking or chewing tobacco.’
    • ‘That's not true, for medical evidence says that smoking or chewing tobacco can kill people.’
    • ‘Colonial tobacconists began to ‘advertise’ their tobaccos using the iconography of the plant's origins and political economy.’
    • ‘Smokeless tobacco comes in two main forms - snuff and chewing tobacco.’
    • ‘Most of the health risks associated with pot smoking are related to the tobacco its usually smoked with.’
    • ‘However the consumption of smoking tobacco is far lower than in any other European country.’
    • ‘Cancer of the oral cavity is more common in people who chew tobacco or smoke pipes.’
    • ‘Both tobacco and cannabis have a similar range of carcinogenic substances.’
    • ‘One of the major problems with smoking and chewing tobacco has to do with the chemical nicotine.’
    • ‘There were three products, cut tobacco for pipes, roll tobacco for chewing and smoking, and snuff.’
    • ‘He taps the pipe's bowl against his palm, and throws the tobacco out the window before it burns him.’
    • ‘These groups are always in favor of raising taxes on tobacco and of banning smoking in public places.’
    • ‘The smoking of tobacco should eventually become an activity undertaken only by consenting adults in private.’
    • ‘What I do know is that legal smoking of tobacco kills 4,700 New Zealanders a year.’
    • ‘Drinking alcohol and smoking or chewing tobacco are also associated with an increased risk of developing mouth cancer.’
    • ‘Oral intake of tobacco by chewing also increased the excretion as nicotine can be absorbed from oral mucosa.’
    • ‘Restaurants, pubs, or whoever wants it can apply for a licence which allows the smoking of tobacco on their premises.’
    • ‘With the anti-smoking campaigns the nation acknowledged the dangers of smoking tobacco.’
  • 2The plant of the nightshade family that yields tobacco, native to tropical America. It is widely cultivated in warm regions, especially in the US and China.

    See also nicotiana
    • ‘While the tobacco plant is indigenous to North America, it is now commercially cultivated and naturalized in most sub tropical countries.’
    • ‘Several carcinogens are derived from tobacco but also from areca nut.’
    • ‘Both tobacco, as a model plant species, and alfalfa have been transformed with the assembled constructs.’
    • ‘The integral mana of the tobacco plant has been abused as have the Native Americans from whom the plant was taken.’
    • ‘He found it very difficult to sell his rye, his wheat, his barley, his sugar beet, his tobacco and other produce.’
    1. 2.1 An ornamental plant related to tobacco.


Mid 16th century: from Spanish tabaco.