Definition of chives in English:


Syllabification: chives
Pronunciation: /CHīvz


A widely cultivated small Eurasian plant related to the onion, with purple-pink flowers and dense tufts of long tubular leaves that are used as a culinary herb: freshly chopped chives (as modifier chive) chive and garlic dressing
  • Allium schoenoprasum, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)
More example sentences
  • For fresh flavorings this summer, plant basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
  • Just the thought of fresh bunches of coriander, basil, chives, spring onions and mint at my doorstep makes me all giddy with excitement.
  • Choose five of the following fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, chives, mint, chervil, basil, dill, tarragon.


Middle English: from Old French, dialect variant of cive, from Latin cepa 'onion'.

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