Definition of tobacco noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//təˈbækəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//təˈbækoʊ//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. tobaccos) Addiction
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the dried leaves of the tobacco plant that are used for making cigarettes, smoking in a pipe or chewing tobacco smoke The government imposed a ban on tobacco advertising (= the advertising of cigarettes and all other forms of tobacco). Several different tobaccos are grown on the land. See related entries: Addiction Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Spanish tabaco; said to be from a Carib word denoting a tobacco pipe or from a Taino word for a primitive cigar, but perhaps from Arabic.Extra examples The air was thick with tobacco smoke. The ban on cigarette advertising will upset the tobacco lobby. a multi-billion-dollar tobacco settlement the ban on tobacco advertising
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