or cav·i·are

[kav-ee-ahr, kav-ee-ahr]


the roe of sturgeon, especially the beluga, or other fish, usually served as an hors d'oeuvre or appetizer.

Origin of caviar

1585–95; apparently back formation from caviarie (taken, perhaps rightly, as caviar + plural ending, Latin or Italian -i), of uncertain origin; compare Italian caviaro, Turkish havyar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for caviar

delicacy, relish, roe

Examples from the Web for caviar

Contemporary Examples of caviar

Historical Examples of caviar

  • They're just bein' served with Oolong and caviar sandwiches.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • It would begin to look like a quick change from Caviar to Crackers.

    Ade's Fables

    George Ade

  • I like your yacht better, and your chef and your alligator pears, and caviar.

    Mistress Anne

    Temple Bailey

  • On the caviar from this fish the youth lived thirty years, in the belly of that fish.

  • Like caviar, the genre is digestible only by those who have acquired a taste for it.

British Dictionary definitions for caviar




the salted roe of sturgeon, esp the beluga, usually served as an hors d'oeuvre

Word Origin for caviar

C16: from earlier cavery, from Old Italian caviari, plural of caviaro caviar, from Turkish havyār


n acronym for

Cinema and Video Industry Audience Research
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for caviar

also caviare, 1550s, from French caviar (16c.), from Italian caviaro (modern caviale) or Turkish khaviar, from Persian khaviyar, from khaya "egg" (from Middle Persian khayak "egg," from Old Iranian *qvyaka-, diminutive of *avya-, from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" see egg (n.)) + dar "bearing."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper