or cav·i·are

[ kav-ee-ahr, kav-ee-ahr ]
/ ˈkæv iˌɑr, ˌkæv iˈɑr /


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


Nearby words

  1. cavernous rale,
  2. cavernous sinus,
  3. cavernous sinus syndrome,
  4. cavesson,
  5. cavetto,
  6. cavicorn,
  7. cavie,
  8. cavil,
  9. cavill,
  10. caving

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

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British Dictionary definitions for caviar



/ (ˈkævɪˌɑː, ˌkævɪˈɑː) /


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


/ (ˈkævɪˌɑː) /

n acronym for

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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."

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