- in Muslim belief, any of the beautiful nymphs of the Muslim Paradise
- a seductively beautiful woman
Origin of houriFrench ; from Persian ḥūri ; from Arabic ḥūrīyah, black-eyed woman, ultimately ; from ḥawira, to be dark-eyed
- A seductive, alluring woman.
- One of the beautiful virgins of the Koranic paradise.
Origin of houriFrench, from Persian &hlowdot;ūrī, from Arabic &hlowdot;ūrīya, nymph, houri, from &hlowdot;ūr, pl. of &hlowdot;awrā’, 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.