houri definition by Webster's New World
- in Muslim belief, any of the beautiful nymphs of the Muslim Paradise
- a seductively beautiful woman
Origin: French ; from Persian ḥūri ; from Arabic ḥūrīyah, black-eyed woman, ultimately ; from ḥawira, to be dark-eyed
houri definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. hou·ris
- A voluptuous, alluring woman.
- One of the beautiful virgins of the Koranic paradise.
Origin: French, from Persian ḥūrī, from Arabic ḥūrīya, nymph, houri, from ḥūr, pl. of ’aḥwaru, feminine of ḥawrā’u, possessing ḥawar, intense whiteness of the sclera contrasting with deep blackness of the iris of the eye; see ḥwr in Semitic roots.