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

  • n. A long slender cigar.

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  • n. A long thin cigar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long slender cigar.

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

  • n. a long slender cigar


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

Spanish, biscuit, cigar, from American Spanish, long thin biscuit, from Italian panatella, diminutive of panata, panada, from pane, bread, from Latin pānis.

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The word derives from the Spanish word for a long thin biscuit, from the Italian diminutive panatella, which ultimately derives from the Latin pānis, "bread."


  • He was finished with his food and was untubing a panatela, a simple exercise that he surrounded with detailed ceremony.


  • Switters lit a Havana panatela, Cuban cigars being an occasional perk of CIA employment.

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • It was only then that he perceived—to his inexpressible astonishment and consternation—that the panatela had burnt itself down to a hot, glowing stub, clamped between the first and middle fingers of his right hand.


  • This was the case of a young Trinidadian gentleman who—while seated on the portico of his plantation house one afternoon, enjoying a panatela cigar—had suddenly become aware of the distinctive aroma of roasting meat.


  • Having ignited it to his satisfaction, he seated himself in the straight-backed chair that faced the writing table, crossed one leg over the other, and—eyes narrowed against the plumes of smoke drifting upwards from his panatela—regarded me intently.


  • Holding the clipping towards the light, Crockett began to peruse it, squinting through the smoky haze issuing from the smoldering tip of his much-reduced panatela.


  • Milo lowered the window, lit up a panatela, and blew smoke out at the city.

    Devil's Waltz

  • The two lawyers had risen hastily when Chief Justice Pendarvis entered; he responded to their greetings and seated himself at his desk, reaching for the silver cigar box and taking out a panatela.

    Little Fuzzy

  • Say there was the fat blonde in Saint Jo, and the panatela brunette at

    Heart of the West [Annotated]

  • “Banacek,” about a vintage-Packard-driving, panatela-smoking insurance investigator from ritzy Beacon Hill in Boston, was part of the network’s attempt the following year at a second whodunit anthology, on Wednesday nights.

    Archive 2007-07-01


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  • Also panetela.

    October 28, 2008

  • "The merchandising of Dan Patch, after all, had begun back in Oxford, where before the horse had ever raced, the local blacksmith was publicly boasting about providing Dan's shoes, and panatelas were being rolled in the pacer's honor."

    —Charles Leerhsen, Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), 255

    October 28, 2008