an·​cho·​vy | \ ˈan-ˌchō-vē How to pronounce anchovy (audio) , an-ˈchō-vē \
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 An ignominious conclusion for the anchovy lineage; a delicious conclusion for our Caesar salads. CNN, "All The Good Stuff that happened this week," 30 May 2020 In all these recipes, there were so many anchovies. Kerry Elson, The New Yorker, "What’s a “Pantry Staple”?: True Stories from the Cluelessly Quarantined," 28 May 2020 Pissaladières are caramelized onion tarts with olives and anchovies. Saveur, "Savory Tarts," 15 May 2020 Current-day anchovies feed on plankton and likely taste different than their mighty forebears, researchers say. Jeff Kerby, National Geographic, "The sting of the murder hornet:," 14 May 2020 Add chopped anchovies to the skillet, along with the extra-virgin olive oil. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "What to cook this week: 8 starter pantry cuisine recipes with easy variations," 6 Apr. 2020 Continue to whip on low and slowly add ¼ cup of anchovy puree until incorporated. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Denver chefs share 3 recipes that’ll add a twist to your Hanukkah staples," 17 Dec. 2019 And yes, the salad has anchovies in it, and yes, a raw egg. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Chandler Steakhouse at MGM in Springfield is a classic, with modern twists," 4 Oct. 2019 Even sweet potatoes would be excellent, giving a honeyed contrast next to all that anchovy and garlic pungency. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Got Potatoes and Tuna? You’re Most of the Way to Dinner," 20 Mar. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anchovy

: a small fish that has a salty flavor

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