Definition of chicory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪk(ə)ri/

noun (plural chicories)

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1British A blue-flowered Mediterranean plant of the daisy family, cultivated for its edible salad leaves and carrot-shaped root.
  • Cichorium intybus, family Compositae.
Example sentences
  • I usually make a chicory salad for afterwards, something crisp and slightly bitter.
  • Cut the base off the chicory and remove any damaged outer leaves.
  • He served salads of dandelion and strips of bacon, or chicory with garlic and croutons.
1.1 [mass noun] The root of the chicory plant, which is roasted and ground for use as an additive to or substitute for coffee.
Example sentences
  • I am including roasted chicory in the list of exempted items as coffee itself is free from excise duty.
  • This herbal coffee is made from a blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts like chicory root, roasted carob and figs.
  • The café is considered to be the home of beignet and chicory coffee.
2 North American term for endive.
Example sentences
  • So endives, including Belgian endive, curly endive and escarole, are all chicories.


Late Middle English: from obsolete French cicorée (earlier form of chicorée) 'endive', via Latin from Greek kikhorion.

Words that rhyme with chicory

chickaree, hickory, Terpsichore, trickery

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Line breaks: chic|ory

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