chive

noun
\ ˈchīv How to pronounce chive (audio) \

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 on the Web Lemon-Chive Dipping Sauce Whisk ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 2 teaspoons juice, ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard, and ¼ teaspoon garlic powder together in bowl. NBC News, "These air fryer Brussels sprouts make the perfect healthy snack, appetizer or side dish," 10 Jan. 2020 Late in the month, fresh sage, thyme, parsley and perhaps chives are all my garden offers to enhance my cooking and cravings for flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Keep celebrating the season with pasta dinner with pumpkin, sage and sausage," 4 Nov. 2019 Use scissors to cut the chives right on top of the finished galette. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "How Interesting That This Tomato Galette Could Serve 8...or 1," 16 July 2019 The most versatile include parsley, cilantro, mint, basil, dill, tarragon, chives, with less familiar members including chervil, lemon verbena and lovage, among others. Martha Holmberg, The Denver Post, "How to push fresh herbs beyond the garnish: Use with abundance and abandon," 15 July 2019 The most versatile include parsley, cilantro, mint, basil, dill, tarragon, chives, with less familiar members including chervil, lemon verbena and lovage, among others. Martha Holmberg, Washington Post, "How to push fresh herbs beyond the garnish: Use with abundance and abandon," 5 July 2019 Basil, chives, thyme, and other herbs also are quite happy growing in pots, which can be set in a convenient spot right outside the kitchen door. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Some reliable selections are basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Garden is up and growing – how about yours?," 19 Sep. 2019 Drizzle yogurt sauce over eggplant and sprinkle with chickpea croutons, mint, and chives. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Salmon with Grilled Eggplant and Chickpea Croutons," 9 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chive

Time Traveler for chive

Time Traveler

The first known use of chive was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for chive

Last Updated

24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chive. Accessed 29 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for chive

chive

noun
How to pronounce chive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chive

: a plant that is related to the onion
: the long thin leaves of the chive plant that are cut into small pieces and used for flavoring food

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on chive

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with chive

Spanish Central: Translation of chive

Nglish: Translation of chive for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about chive

Comments on chive

What made you want to look up chive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to assert without proof or before proving

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

January 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • image1642096650
  • Which is a synonym of bonhomie?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!