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or cav·i·are

[kav-ee-ahr, kav-ee-ahr]
  1. the roe of sturgeon, especially the beluga, or other fish, usually served as an hors d'oeuvre or appetizer.
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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
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Historical Examples of caviare

  • As for him—well caviare, I'm afraid, will always be caviare to Jimmy Nesbit.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Few persons like caviare; but those who do like it are very fond of it.

  • And the caviare, Mr. Spicer,—have you remembered the caviare?

  • The flesh is of less importance than the eggs, of which caviare is made.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • The play, I remember, pleased not the million; 't was caviare to the general.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for caviare



  1. the salted roe of sturgeon, esp the beluga, usually served as an hors d'oeuvre
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Word Origin for caviar

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


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Word Origin and History for caviare



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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