Definition of caviar
1 : processed salted roe of large fish (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.
Variants of caviar
Origin and Etymology of caviar
earlier cavery, caviarie, from obsolete Italian caviari, plural of caviaro, from Turkish havyar
First Known Use: circa 1560
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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