• synonyms


noun, plural chic·co·ries.
  1. chicory.
Show More


or chic·co·ry

noun, plural chic·o·ries.
  1. a composite plant, Cichorium intybus, having bright-blue flower heads and toothed oblong leaves, cultivated as a salad plant and for its root, which is used roasted and ground as a substitute for or additive to coffee.Compare endive(def 2).
  2. the root of this plant.
Show More

Origin of chicory

1350–1400; < Middle French chicoree, alteration of earlier cicoree (by influence of Italian cicoria) < Latin cichorēa < Greek kichória, kíchora (neuter plurals); replacing Middle English cicoree < Middle French
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for chiccory

Historical Examples

  • It is bad to leave the mountains, but chiccory is not palatable either.


    Fanny Fern

  • Endive and chiccory should be added to the list of vegetable salads.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood

  • It is best exemplified in the Dandelion and in Chiccory (Fig. 266).

  • Chiccory I don't like, spite of the doctor, who says it is wholesome.

  • Hasn't the man trouble enough without tackling your chiccory?

    The Nerve of Foley

    Frank H. Spearman

British Dictionary definitions for chiccory


noun plural -ries
  1. a variant spelling of chicory
Show More


noun plural -ries
  1. Also called: succory a blue-flowered plant, Cichorium intybus, cultivated for its leaves, which are used in salads, and for its roots: family Asteraceae (composites)
  2. the root of this plant, roasted, dried, and used as a coffee substitute
Show More
Compare endive

Word Origin

C15: from Old French chicorée, from Latin cichorium, from Greek kikhōrion
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 chiccory



late 14c., cicoree (modern form from mid-15c.), from Middle French cichorée "endive, chicory" (15c., Modern French chicorée), from Latin cichoreum, from Greek kikhorion (plural kikhoreia) "endive," of unknown origin. Klein suggests a connection with Old Egyptian keksher. The modern English form is from French influence.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper