Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


About | Media | Search | Contact  


Today's Word

Yesterday's Word




Pronunciation RealAudio

houri (HOOR-ee) noun

1. One of the beautiful virgins provided for faithful Muslims in the Koranic paradise.

2. A voluptuously attractive young woman.

[From French, from Persian huri, from Arabic huri, plural of haura (dark-eyed woman).]

"Corn and kitsch mesh seamlessly with art and virtuosity. Suspended from a swinging chandelier, a voluptuous houri, trailing clouds of veils, undulates to the music of the Ave Maria -- with a disco tom-tom backbeat." Howard G. Ghua-Eoan, The Moscow Circus Returns, Time (New York), Sep 19, 1988.

This week's theme: words having origins in Arabic.


Liberty is given by nature even to mute animals. -Publius Cornelius Tacitus, historian (55-117)

We need your help

Help us continue to spread the magic of words to readers everywhere


Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2021 Wordsmith