\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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Organic, free-range eggs have starring roles in dishes such as frittatina (with chives, ricotta di bufala cheese and fresh herbs) or Uova in Camicia (poached eggs with traditional Sardinian flatbread, tomato, relish, pancetta, and pecorino cheese). Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Norwegian Smoked Salmon and Scallion Scallion cream cheese is piped onto separate pieces of Costco's Norwegian salmon trio, which is then folded and secured with a string of chive. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How To Shop Costco Like a Millionaire," 1 Apr. 2012 Place the asparagus on your plate, spoon over some saffron-chive vinaigrette and top with hot scallops. 13. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "The Sea Grill's Grilled Day Boat Sea Scallops," 1 May 2010 In a large bowl, combine quinoa, radishes, pecans, raisins, cranberries and mint and chives. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The joys - and time-saving benefits - of a minimalist's approach to entertaining," 12 May 2018 Alternatively, when the garden is producing herbs, fresh chives and parsley can be sliced into small pieces and patted very dry before packing into small containers. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 10 May 2018 There are plenty: a mackerel crudo with slices of bracingly fresh fish arrayed in an arc around the plate, crimson edges aligned, striped with sprinkled chives, Meyer lemon rind, and smoked chile, all in balance. Devra First,, "Dinner in an almost classical mode, at Mooncusser Fish House," 9 Apr. 2018 In the cold mornings, men and women sit on wobbly stools, streetside, break off chunks of chive pancakes, and sip salted broth, spooning scallion slivers in their mouths. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018 Sample the chef’s tasting of 11 rotating crudos, from beautiful razor clams with chili and mint to striped jack with a horseradish-caviar-chive topping. Bon Appetit, "Bar Mezzana," 19 Mar. 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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