cav·​i·​ar | \ ˈka-vē-ˌär How to pronounce caviar (audio) 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.

Examples of caviar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finger lime fruits are entirely filled with round vesicles called citrus caviar. Marie Viljoen, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Grow Citrus Trees Indoors," 19 Mar. 2021 The lounge, where all dinners begin, offers herby drinks, caviar service and meze snacks like foie gras bastilla with golden plums and schmaltz. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, "One of America’s Most Exciting New Restaurants Just Opened in Houston," 2 Apr. 2021 Dishes include king crab deviled eggs with Osetra caviar, roasted zucchini salad, fennel stuffed salmon with quinoa pilaf and grilled lamb chops. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Easter 2021: Hop to these 22 San Diego County restaurants for brunch or dinner," 26 Mar. 2021 Arlene talks to the co-owner of Marky’s Caviar Lounge at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood where some of the world’s most exclusive caviar can be found. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga,, "Let’s Go, South Florida: Soul food at the Rabbit Hole means hot dogs and chicken wings — no meat, no dairy, no problem," 25 Feb. 2021 Stop in for a flight—the best way to try wide range of the distillery's bourbons and whiskeys—or new chocolate and caviar pairings with your drinks. Julia Heffelfinger, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Breweries and Distilleries Taking Over America's Après-Ski Scene," 11 Feb. 2021 The hotel also has the Caribbean’s only champagne and caviar bar, naturally. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "TripAdvisor’s top all-inclusive resorts for your next vacation," 8 Mar. 2021 Hawthorn also has a raw bar, with oysters, caviar, mussels and octopus. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "5 new restaurants in downtown Dallas," 15 Jan. 2021 The restaurants offer the regular February Signature and Premium To-Gomakases for curbside pickup with the option of a caviar box add-on. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "Takeout for two: 50-plus D-FW restaurants offering Valentine’s Day specials," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of caviar was circa 1560

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19 Apr 2021

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“Caviar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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