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?
Recent Examples of chive from the Web
Plant chives in the fall -- late October through early December -- and grow them over the winter/spring for best results.
Even some herbs including basil, chives and mint may produce flowers that can be added to arrangements.
Season with more salt and pepper if desired and garnish with a flurry of chives, snipped with kitchen shears.
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Origin and Etymology of chive
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin cepa onion
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CHIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chive for English Language Learners
: 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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