Definition of caviar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkavēˌär/
(also caviare)


The pickled roe of sturgeon or other large fish, eaten as a delicacy.
Example sentences
  • The chefs meanwhile offer up such delights as caviar, oysters and kangaroo steak.
  • Top with the cooked prawns and salmon roe or Avruga caviar.
  • That means each can of Iranian caviar contains eggs from a single fish.


Mid 16th century: from Italian caviale (earlier caviaro) or French caviar, probably from medieval Greek khaviari.

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Syllabification: cav·i·ar

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