caviar

noun
cav·​i·​ar | \ ˈka-vē-ˌär also ˈkä- \
variants: or less commonly caviare

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

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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.

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State media in both countries featured the two leaders making blinis together, topping them with caviar and downing shots of vodka last year. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The New Beijing-Moscow Axis," 1 Feb. 2019 President Vladimir Putin treated Xi to pancakes with caviar and shots of vodka in a show of their warm personal ties. Sergei Grits, The Seattle Times, "Russia launches biggest war games in decades involving China," 11 Sep. 2018 The second course options are prime beef short ribs with eggplant caviar and ratatouille, the fish of the day with cauliflower hummus or a vegetable medley with cauliflower hummus. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Ring in the Jewish New Year with these Rosh Hashana specials," 18 Sep. 2017 Expect fancy versions of summer classics—like a lobster roll with grinnell caviar and a Rhode Island wiener dog dressed up with meat sauce—alongside champagne cocktails. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Ocean House Is Opening a Secret Champagne Garden This Summer," 15 May 2017 Try the Wild Montauk Fluke Crudo with green apple, frisée, sumac, finger lime caviar, and sweet chili oil. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 The prints were outlined with caviar pearls, Swarovski crystals, and tiny glass beads, all of which were applied by hand. John Dolan, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Didn't Believe in Love at First Sight–Until It Happened to Them," 6 Aug. 2018 Runners-up: The unlimited caviar in Lufthansa First Class, per Tom Baker, travel specialist for Cruise Center. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Traveler 25: A Very Opinionated, Totally Subjective List of Things We Loved About Travel This Year," 14 Dec. 2018 Foodies While caviar might be associated with Russia, some of the world’s best comes from China — leaving lovers of the fish eggs to bemoan its inclusion. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Winners and losers from Trump’s tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of caviar

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caviar

earlier cavery, caviarie, from obsolete Italian caviari, plural of caviaro, from Turkish havyar

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caviar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of caviar

: the eggs of a large fish (such as the sturgeon) that are salted and eaten as food

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