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or nar·gi·le also nar·gi·leh  (när′gə-lē′)
See hookah.

[French narghilé, obsolete variant of narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh, from nārgīl, coconut (from which the receptacle was made), from Sanskrit nārikelaḥ, nālikeraḥ.]


(ˈnɑːɡɪlɪ; -ˌleɪ) ,






(Recreational Drugs) another name for hookah
[C19: from French narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh a pipe having a bowl made of coconut shell, from nārgīl coconut]


or nar•gi•leh

(ˈnɑr gə li, -ˌleɪ)

n., pl. -les or -lehs.
a tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water before reaching the lips; hookah.
[1830–40; < Turkish nargile < Persian nārgīleh, derivative of nārgīl coconut, from which the bowl was formerly made]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.narghile - an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through waternarghile - an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water; "a bipolar world with the hookah and Turkish coffee versus hamburgers and Coca Cola"
pipe, tobacco pipe - a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco
References in classic literature ?
There, on a table, surrounded at some distance by a large and luxurious divan, every species of tobacco known, -- from the yellow tobacco of Petersburg to the black of Sinai, and so on along the scale from Maryland and Porto-Rico, to Latakia, -- was exposed in pots of crackled earthenware of which the Dutch are so fond; beside them, in boxes of fragrant wood, were ranged, according to their size and quality, pueros, regalias, havanas, and manillas; and, in an open cabinet, a collection of German pipes, of chibouques, with their amber mouth-pieces ornamented with coral, and of narghiles, with their long tubes of morocco, awaiting the caprice or the sympathy of the smokers.
A Turkish officer with an immense plume of feathers (the Janizaries were supposed to be still in existence, and the tarboosh had not as yet displaced the ancient and majestic head-dress of the true believers) was seen couched on a divan, and making believe to puff at a narghile, in which, however, for the sake of the ladies, only a fragrant pastille was allowed to smoke.
Concerning a project to activate the prohibition of smoking in Lebanese drama, Radwan said that his association didn't want to cancel the existence of smoking in scenes if smoking was part of the script, yet the association would try to prohibit as much as possible the presence of narghiles or smoking that were irrelevant to the script but found there as mere decoration, in order to serve the environment and the activities of the National Program for Banning Smoking.