chive

noun \ ˈchīv \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

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

  1. Do you want chives on your baked potato?

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Origin and Etymology of chive

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


CHIVE Defined for English Language Learners

chive

noun

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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