- in Muslim belief, any of the beautiful nymphs of the Muslim Paradise
- a seductively beautiful woman
Origin of houriFrench ; from Persian ??ri ; from Arabic ??r?yah, black-eyed woman, ultimately ; from ?awira, to be dark-eyed
- A seductive, alluring woman.
- One of the beautiful virgins of the Koranic paradise.
Origin of houriFrench, from Persian &hlowdot;&umacron;r&imacron;, from Arabic &hlowdot;&umacron;r&imacron;ya, nymph, houri, from &hlowdot;&umacron;r, pl. of &hlowdot;awr&amacron;’, feminine of ’a&hlowdot;war, possessing &hlowdot;awar, intense whiteness of the sclera contrasting with deep blackness of the iris of the eye; see &hlowdot;wr in Semitic roots.