cav·​i·​ar | \ ˈka-vē-ˌär also ˈkä- How to pronounce caviar (audio) \
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 Edibles includes cheese selections, white sturgeon caviar, smoked short rib sliders, truffle fries, crab and gnocchetti gratin, flatbread pizza and more. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ bar opens at Grand Floridian," 8 Oct. 2019 The flashy menu includes spiced salmon tartare cones (gold toned, natch), as well as caviar, a lobster and avocado naan flatbread and the signature Vanderpump rosé cake. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Everything you need to know about Las Vegas’ latest reinvention, from Eataly to Lady Gaga and the NoMad," 9 Sep. 2019 Seafood: There’s an ocean full of fresh, chilled and frozen fish listed, including bass, swordfish, lobster, tilapia, tuna, sardines, caviar, crabs, crabmeat, eel, oysters, scallops, shrimp and fish sticks. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 Order: Oeufs en mayonnaise, chips and caviar, calamari tartine, fried chicken wings, steam burger, a Paris Brest dessert with seasonal fruit or a soft-serve to-go. Michael Russell,, "This year, Canard is Portland’s very best restaurant (2019 review)," 5 Aug. 2019 Drinks are ordered off decks of playing cards and snacks consist of caviar and banana splits. Josie Sexton, The Know, "The biggest Denver restaurant trends of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Hinata’s may be savory with avocado and caviar between crisp mochi shells. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most exciting Indianapolis restaurants opening in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Start with Caviar or the Smoked Scallop with caviar cream. Dwight Brown, Essence, "Essence Eats: Feast on Toronto’s Multicultural Cuisine," 20 Dec. 2019 The Baller, for example, features JCB Gin, caviar dust, shaved black truffle and white truffle oil for $50. Janelle Bitker,, "Mastro’s opens Friday in Union Square with $240 Kobe beef, $50 cocktails," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Caviar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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