Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See hookah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large Oriental tobacco pipe wherein the smoke is drawn through water to filter and cool it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Eastern tobacco-pipe in which the smoke passes through water before reaching the lips, the water being contained in a receptacle originally of cocoanut, now often of glass, porcelain, or metal. (Compare sheesheh.) The stem is a long flexible tube, often called a snake. See kalian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water

Etymologies

French narghilé, obsolete variant of narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh, from nārgīl, coconut (from which the receptacle was made), from Sanskrit nārikelaḥ, nālikeraḥ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish nargile, from Persian نارگیله (nārgileh) from نارگیل (nārgil, "coconut"), which used to be used to construct the bowl, from Sanskrit नारिकेल (nārikela, "coconut"); cf French narghileh. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The narghile is the peace pipe of the Middle East."

    West Meets East

  • Some of the Egyptians use a form of hookah called the narghile or nargeeleh -- so named because the water is contained in the shell of a cocoanut of which the Arabic name is nargeeleh.

    Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce

  • {2} The narghile is a water-pipe upon the plan of the hookah, but more gracefully fashioned; the smoke is drawn by a very long flexible tube, that winds its snake-like way from the vase to the lips of the beatified smoker.

    Eothen, or, Traces of Travel Brought Home from the East

  • 2 The narghile is a water-pipe upon the plan of the hookah, but more gracefully fashioned; the smoke is drawn by a very long flexible tube, that winds its snake-like way from the vase to the lips of the beatified smoker.

    Eothen

  • "It is a fallacy that smoking the narghile is a safer alternative to smoking.

    IOL: News

  • Since, according to the bong owner, the bong was actually an antique Tunisian narghile originating from the estate of the deceased actor Van Heflin ( "Shane"), Brown University wrote her a check in the amount of the lost item's estimated value: $500.

    Andrea Chalupa: Meet the Human I.P.O.

  • A bubbling sound from within made me look up, and I watched a refilled narghile being set down amid a circle of men.

    Peter Clothier: The Novice: A Book Review

  • Just last month my 15-year-old son, Daniel, mentioned that some of his friends were smoking hookahs (also known as shisha, narghile, goza, and hubble bubble).

    The hook in hookahs

  • Just last month my 15-year-old son, Daniel, mentioned that some of his friends were smoking hookahs also known as shisha, narghile, goza, and hubble bubble.

    The hook in hookahs

  • Chaouachi believes the narghile can introduce Western youth to Arab culture and "teach a lot in these troubled times."

    West Meets East

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