anchovy

noun
an·​cho·​vy | \ˈan-ˌchō-vē, an-ˈ\
plural anchovies or anchovy

Definition of anchovy 

: any of a family (Engraulidae) of small fishes resembling herrings that includes several (such as Engraulis encrasicholus) that are important food fishes used especially in appetizers, as a garnish, and for making sauces and relishes

Examples of anchovy in a Sentence

a salad topped with garlic and anchovies

Recent Examples on the Web

In food processor, finely chop garlic, anchovies, 1 1/2 cups basil and 1/4 cup olive oil. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Tomato Panzanella," 17 Aug. 2018 Add the anchovy, garlic and a pinch of salt to the pan, return to medium heat, and stir continuously until the garlic is starting to turn gold, 1 to 2 minutes. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "These stalks are the talk of Great Britain | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 Mix together the tomatoes, scallions, garlic, anchovies, lemon juice and zest, and red wine vinegar and toss well. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Recipe," 17 July 2012 In Italy, pork is this ingredient’s classic partner, but Mr. Beramendi also loves to sprinkle it over fresh anchovies or swordfish garnished with parsley. Jane Black, WSJ, "When It Comes to This Ingredient, Believe the Hype," 8 Nov. 2018 On large rimmed baking sheet, toss garlic, beans, tomatoes, olives and anchovies (if using) with 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Salmon with Green Beans and Tomatoes," 17 Aug. 2018 As the mother sauce traveled through different places and times, ingredients like mushrooms, tamarind and anchovies were deployed to imitate its satisfying umami; Worcestershire sauce and Indonesian kecap manis are both popular descendants. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 2018 To serve, divide pasta among serving bowls and liberally sprinkle anchovy-bacon breadcrumbs over top. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "4 Spring Pasta Recipes: Make a Meal of the Season’s Freshest Produce," 27 Mar. 2018 Zinc Bistro Tempting starters include pork belly with vegetable ratatouille ($16); and Creekstone steak tartare served with Noble anchovy toast ($18). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of anchovy

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anchovy

Spanish anchova

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anchovy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anchovy

: a small fish that has a salty flavor

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