[ chahyv ]
/ tʃaɪv /


a small bulbous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, related to the leek and onion, having long, slender leaves that are used as a seasoning.

Nearby words

  1. chivalresque,
  2. chivalric,
  3. chivalrous,
  4. chivalry,
  5. chivaree,
  6. chives,
  7. chivvy,
  8. chivy,
  9. chişinău,
  10. chişinǎu

Origin of chive

1350–1400; Middle English cive < Anglo-French chive, Old French civeLatin caepa onion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chive


/ (tʃaɪv) /


a small Eurasian purple-flowered alliaceous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, whose long slender hollow leaves are used in cooking to flavour soups, stews, etcAlso called: chives

Word Origin for chive

C14: from Old French cive, ultimately from Latin caepa onion

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Word Origin and History for chive



c.1400, from Old North French chive (Old French, Modern French cive, 13c.), from Latin cepa "onion" (see onion).

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