Definition of caviar
1 : processed salted roe of large fish (such as sturgeon)
2 : something considered too delicate or lofty for mass appreciation —usually used in the phrase caviar to the general
3 : something considered the best of its kind
Recent Examples of caviar from the Web
Vaughn will prepare a porchetta with cold smoked carrot puree and mustard seed caviar for his entree, and Chilton County peaches, blue cheese fondant and pecan baklava for dessert.
The world leaders will eat blue lobster and caviar the day before France’s Bastille Day celebrations.
The all-you-can-eat buffet features unlimited oysters, caviar, sushi, and fresh masa tortillas made to order.
The best seller is the truffle tuna bite, with ahi tuna topped with sturgeon caviar, harissa yogurt and avocado puree.
In the evening, the menu will be rotating small plates that can be made without a full kitchen: Think hummus and pitas, deviled eggs with caviar, pepperoni and cheese plates.
There are private suites, lie-flat beds, caviar courses, vintage Champagne (not that blended swill), on-board lounges, and entertainment systems that are a binge-watcher’s dream.
Opt for the ten-course tasting menu and bask in elegant morsels like egg caviar, foie gras terrine, and black truffle risotto.
Grilled corn with caviar and creme fraiche flavored with the Mexican corn smut called huitlacoche.
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Did You Know?
The eggs, or roe, of sturgeon are called caviar. Preserved with salt, caviar is usually eaten as an appetizer. Most true caviar is produced in Russia and Iran, from fish taken from the Caspian and Black seas. The best grade, beluga, is prepared from large black or gray eggs; fresh beluga caviar is relatively scarce and thus expensive. Lesser grades are from smaller, denser eggs. In the U.S., the roe of salmon, whitefish, lumpfish, and paddlefish is sometimes sold under the name caviar.
Origin and Etymology of caviar
earlier cavery, caviarie, from obsolete Italian caviari, plural of caviaro, from Turkish havyar
First Known Use: circa 1560See Words from the same year
CAVIAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of caviar for English Language Learners
: the eggs of a large fish (such as the sturgeon) that are salted and eaten as food
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