Meaning of houri in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhʊəri/

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nounplural noun houris

  • A beautiful young woman, especially one of the virgin companions of the faithful in the Muslim Paradise.

    ‘They could select 70 of their nearest and dearest to enter Heaven; and they would have at their disposal 72 houris, the beautiful virgins of paradise, Hassan recounted in the New Yorker.’
    • ‘In the gardens of paradise, the houris utter only one word: ‘Peace, peace.'’
    • ‘According to the Qu'ran, the houris have never been touched by man or jinn.’
    • ‘As they bend their wills and stretch their bodies, undulating houris observe them; the music score essays Arabic themes.’
    • ‘It is the job of a houri to climb or fly because ordinarily mundane girls or woman hardly climb over the trees.’


Mid 18th century from French, from Persian ḥūrī, from Arabic ḥūr, plural of 'aḥwar ‘having eyes with a marked contrast of black and white’.