caviar

noun
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.

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Not for a New York City chef with regular access to caviar, lobsters, and the best pizza in the world. Tyler Kord, Popular Mechanics, "Cooking (and Shrinking) the Modern Combat Ration," 29 June 2019 The heaping portions include marinated salmon, potato pancakes, salmon caviar, scrambled eggs, blini rolls and vast quantities of bread. Michelle Hackman And Georgia Wells, WSJ, "The Quirkiest Dining Scene in Berlin? Communist Comfort Food," 28 June 2019 Even the one association a person is likely to have, sturgeon and caviar, isn’t visual. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Where Europe and Asia meet: Chloe Dewe Mathews’s ‘Caspian: The Elements’," 12 June 2019 He and his Swiss border patrol colleagues have assessed diamonds, pricey wines, and caviar, among other luxuries. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019 His Fall 2019 event in Brooklyn started with cocktails, caviar, and a live choir before guests headed downstairs for a high-energy show in an old bank vault. Corey Tenold, Vogue, "Go Backstage at Alexander Wang’s Fall 2019 Show in Brooklyn," 2 Dec. 2018 Bankers celebrated the loan with champagne and Iranian caviar at the Manufacturers Hanover office in London’s Mayfair district, Mr. Lascelles wrote. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Greek Banker Devised Formula for Libor, Headed London Operations of U.S. Firms," 1 Jan. 2019 The house caviar, osetra from California white sturgeon, is salt-cured and aged for three months. Gemma Zoe Price, WSJ, "The Fish Industry Is Plagued by Poor Quality and Fraud. One Chef Is Working to Combat It," 19 July 2018 For those who want to indulge in luxury ingredients in every bite, this playful take on caviar is a serious dining experience. Las Vegas, Bon Appetit, "Next Level Vegas," 30 Apr. 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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