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 (ho͝or′ē, ho͞o′rē)
n. pl. hou·ris
1. A seductive, alluring woman.
2. One of the beautiful virgins of the Koranic paradise.

[French, from Persian ḥūrī, from Arabic ḥūrīya, nymph, houri, from ḥūr, pl. of ḥawrā', feminine of 'aḥwar, possessing ḥawar, intense whiteness of the sclera contrasting with deep blackness of the iris of the eye; see ḥwr in Semitic roots.]


n, pl -ris
1. (Islam) (in Muslim belief) any of the nymphs of Paradise
2. any alluring woman
[C18: from French, from Persian hūri, from Arabic hūr, plural of haurā' woman with dark eyes]


(ˈhʊər i, ˈhaʊər i, ˈhaʊ ə ri)

n., pl. -ris.
one of the beautiful virgins provided in paradise for all faithful Muslims.
[1730–40; < French < Persian hūrī < Arabic ḥūr, pl. of ḥaurā' gazelle-eyed (woman)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.houri - a voluptuously beautiful young womanhouri - a voluptuously beautiful young woman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
2.houri - (Islam) one of the dark-eyed virgins of perfect beauty believed to live with the blessed in Paradise
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
mythical being - an imaginary being of myth or fable


n (Rel) → Huri f; (fig)orientalische Schönheit
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I would not exchange this one little English girl for the Grand Turk's whole seraglio, gazelle-eyes, houri forms, and all
Thy wife or thy daughter, that Eastern houri that thou lockest under thy arm as thou wouldst thy treasure-casket?
What is your theologian's ecstasy but Mahomet's houri in the dark?
But the skies that angel trod, Where deep thoughts are a duty - Where Love's a grown up God - Where the Houri glances are Imbued with all the beauty Which we worship in a star.
That houri, appearing, shakes him up in the usual manner and is charged by the old gentleman to remain near him.
The figure of a houri," remarked Smith-Oldwick, "with the face of an imbecile.
Where was the beautiful black-eyed Houri whose appearance in the first charade had caused such delight?
By that good lady the Houris are said to be held in deficient
NNA - MP Ammar Houri of the Future Parliamentary bloc, said during an interview with the "Voice of Lebanon" radio station that the snowball that had been thrown by Future Movement Leader, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, still required more effort and dialogue to end the presidential void.
Houri is a Quranic term referring to "to be beautifully dark-eyed" women in heaven.
Future MP Ammar Houri scoffed at the Free Patriotic Movement leader's invitation, saying Aoun's chances of being electing president are nil.
Abdul Rahim Houri, director of public roads in the two provinces said, The projects cover education, water, public buildings, family and women issues, dams and fish wealth .