Meaning of tobacco in English:


Pronunciation /təˈbakəʊ/

Translate tobacco into Spanish


  • 1mass noun A preparation of the nicotine-rich leaves of an American plant, which are cured by a process of drying and fermentation for smoking or chewing.

    ‘This can happen due to variety of reasons, the commonest being smoking or chewing tobacco.’
    • ‘The socioeconomic differences are more marked for smoking than for chewing tobacco.’
    • ‘One of the major problems with smoking and chewing tobacco has to do with the chemical nicotine.’
    • ‘Oral intake of tobacco by chewing also increased the excretion as nicotine can be absorbed from oral mucosa.’
    • ‘There were three products, cut tobacco for pipes, roll tobacco for chewing and smoking, and snuff.’
    • ‘Smokeless tobacco comes in two main forms - snuff and chewing tobacco.’
    • ‘That's not true, for medical evidence says that smoking or chewing tobacco can kill people.’
    • ‘Cancer of the oral cavity is more common in people who chew tobacco or smoke pipes.’
    • ‘However the consumption of smoking tobacco is far lower than in any other European country.’
    • ‘These groups are always in favor of raising taxes on tobacco and of banning smoking in public places.’
    • ‘With the anti-smoking campaigns the nation acknowledged the dangers of smoking tobacco.’
    • ‘What I do know is that legal smoking of tobacco kills 4,700 New Zealanders a year.’
    • ‘Drinking alcohol and smoking or chewing tobacco are also associated with an increased risk of developing mouth cancer.’
    • ‘Restaurants, pubs, or whoever wants it can apply for a licence which allows the smoking of tobacco on their premises.’
    • ‘The smoking of tobacco should eventually become an activity undertaken only by consenting adults in private.’
    • ‘Both tobacco and cannabis have a similar range of carcinogenic substances.’
    • ‘Most of the health risks associated with pot smoking are related to the tobacco its usually smoked with.’
    • ‘He taps the pipe's bowl against his palm, and throws the tobacco out the window before it burns him.’
    • ‘Colonial tobacconists began to ‘advertise’ their tobaccos using the iconography of the plant's origins and political economy.’
    • ‘Smokeless tobacco is most commonly used in rural regions but use in urban areas is growing.’
  • 2

    (also tobacco plant)
    The plant of the nightshade family which yields tobacco, native to tropical America. It is widely cultivated in warm regions, especially in the US and China.

    Nicotiana tabacum, family Solanaceae

    ‘Both tobacco, as a model plant species, and alfalfa have been transformed with the assembled constructs.’
    • ‘While the tobacco plant is indigenous to North America, it is now commercially cultivated and naturalized in most sub tropical countries.’
    • ‘Several carcinogens are derived from tobacco but also from areca nut.’
    • ‘He found it very difficult to sell his rye, his wheat, his barley, his sugar beet, his tobacco and other produce.’
    1. 2.1An ornamental plant related to tobacco.
      • ‘Night-flying moths are especially keen on ornamental tobacco plants.’


Mid 16th century from Spanish tabaco; said to be from a Carib word denoting a tobacco pipe or from a Taino word for a primitive cigar, but perhaps from Arabic.