Definition of endive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈenˌdīv/


1An edible Mediterranean plant whose bitter leaves may be blanched and used in salads.
  • Cichorium endivia, family Compositae (including both curly-leaved and smooth-leaved varieties)
Example sentences
  • This could be served with leaves of bitter endive or a bowl of small boiled potatoes for dipping.
  • All you need to accompany this dish is a bitter, leafy salad like rocket and endives in an olive oil and lemon dressing.
  • The company also produces bulb onions, parsnips, leeks, endives, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflowers, cabbage, swede and about five per cent of Britain's asparagus crop.
2 (also Belgian endive) North American A young, typically blanched chicory plant, eaten as a cooked vegetable or in salads.
Example sentences
  • There's also endive and chicory which I will talk about later, which is a cousin of lettuce, but is technically not lettuce.
  • So endives, including Belgian endive, are all chicories.
  • The chicory clan - Belgian endive, radicchio, and escarole - is sneaking into more and more produce sections.


Late Middle English (also denoting the sow thistle): via Old French from medieval Latin endivia, based on Greek entubon.

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