oset·​ra (ˌ)ō-ˈse-trə How to pronounce osetra (audio)
variants or less commonly ossetra
: a golden or brownish caviar from a sturgeon (such as Acipenser gueldenstaedtii of the Caspian Sea) with roe somewhat smaller than the beluga and having a usually nutty flavor
also : the fish compare sevruga

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And the first-course of lobster is accented with a tarragon sauce, which feels like an across-the-pond cousin of our guest’s famous Bernaise — along with a delicata squash ravioli and American osetra caviar. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 Even the online boutique Caviar Russe imports its osetra from a farm in Northern Germany. WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 Modern French gastronomic offerings include sea trout, foie gras, lamb and Pointy Snout osetra caviar. Necee Regis, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Part of that proposition means selling at a lower-than-market markup across its inventory, from entry-level Chinese kaluga to a rare golden osetra from the Netherlands. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2022 Sample three different classic osetra caviars from three expert caviar producers—in Belgium, Israel and Italy—to note the subtle differences in color, texture and flavor. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 21 Dec. 2021 According to Ilya Panchernikov the managing director of Caviar Russe—a high-end Madison Avenue restaurant which specializes in caviar—the three species of sturgeon which made caviar famous were beluga, osetra and sevruga. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 July 2021 Sneed had no qualms with the other courses for the evening’s meal, including a quail egg buried in buttery brioche and topped with an intemperate amount of osetra caviar, and a silky corn soup studded with fresh lobster and lobster quenelles. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2019 The house caviar, osetra from California white sturgeon, is salt-cured and aged for three months. Gemma Zoe Price, WSJ, 19 July 2018 See More

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Word History


modification of Russian osëtr sturgeon

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of osetra was in 1753

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“Osetra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osetra. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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