\ ˈchīv \

Definition of chive 

: a perennial plant (Allium schoenoprasum) related to the onion and having slender leaves used as a seasoning also : its leaves usually used in plural — compare garlic chive

Examples of chive in a Sentence

Do you want chives on your baked potato?

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Nippon sends it out with chives and a spicy daikon mash, which complement its quiet flavor, and cooked fragments of fugu, which don’t. New York Times, "The Restaurant That Became Japan’s Unofficial Ambassador," 3 July 2018 Add the carrot, bell peppers, crushed garlic, sliced onions and chives and cook until the onion turns translucent, about 3 minutes. Chris Ross,, "Cuban shredded beef has origins in Spain," 25 June 2018 Egyptian onions, chives, and shallots require slightly different cultivation from regular onions. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 At the top of the list are thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage and chives. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "As you plot to grow herbs, aim for a balance of wants, needs," 29 June 2018 At the top of the list are thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage and chives. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to pick the most useful herbs to plant in your back yard," 26 June 2018 Top with slices of salmon, dollops of sour cream, capers, watercress or arugula, and additional chives. Eva Katz,, "Recipes: Soft, crisp pancakes with rhubarb, salmon, or chocolate," 11 May 2018 The steamed and fried dumplings come in a bewildering array of shapes and fillings, from crispy swans filled with durian custard to bundles of purple yam and chive. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "A Feasting Guide to San Francisco’s Newly Glam Chinatown," 2 May 2018 Garnish with the remaining finger limes and chives. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Smoked Salmon Sandwiches With Finger Lime Aioli," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chive

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chive

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin cepa onion

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English Language Learners Definition of chive

: a plant that is related to the onion

chives : the long thin leaves of the chive plant that are cut into small pieces and used for flavoring food

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