\ 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?

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Once finished, stir in cheese until melted; garnish with chives. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Cilantro, mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, chives, and parsley are good candidates for beginning herb gardeners. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Plant an Indoor Herb Garden," 12 Mar. 2019 To serve: Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle each serving with some of remaining olive oil and garnish with sautéed corn kernels and chives. Claire Perez,, "Make corn soup at season's peak," 13 Apr. 2018 Toss with the chives and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Chrissy Teigen, Good Housekeeping, "Avocado with Toasty Crumbs," 14 Jan. 2019 The taste is somewhere in between chives and leeks. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 Serve with pumpernickel bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, chopped fresh chives, and smoked salmon if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Everything Bagel Dip," 21 Dec. 2018 In a large bowl, combine minced bread and chicken with ground veal, eggs, ½ cup chives, lemon zest, ½ teaspoon salt and shallot-mushroom mixture. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Chives Plant chives and garlic chives in early spring in rich soil. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 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
: the long thin leaves of the chive plant that are cut into small pieces and used for flavoring food

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