Houri definition

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A seductive, alluring woman.
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One of the beautiful virgins of the Koranic paradise.
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In Muslim belief, any of the beautiful nymphs of the Muslim Paradise.
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A seductively beautiful woman.
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(Islam) A nymph in the form of a beautiful virgin supposed to dwell in Paradise for the enjoyment of the faithful.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
houri
Plural:
houris

Origin of houri

  • French from Persian ḥūrī from Arabic ḥūrīya nymph, houri from ḥūr pl. of ḥawrā’ feminine of ’aḥwar possessing ḥawar intense whiteness of the sclera contrasting with deep blackness of the iris of the eye ḥwr in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French houri, from Persian حوری (huri), from Arabic حورية‎ (ḥūríyya), plural: حور‎ (ḥūr), adjective: حوري‎ (ḥūrī)

    From Wiktionary