caviar[kav′ē är′, käv′-; kav′ē är′]
Toast and cream cheese topped with caviar.
- The definition of caviar is pickled or salted eggs of sturgeon or other large fish which is often eaten as an appetizer and is generally considered a delicacy.
Masses of eggs from a salmon that are spread on crackers and served in a very fancy restaurant is an example of caviar.
Origin of caviarFrench ; from Italian caviale ; from Turkish khāvyār ; from Persian khāviyār ; from khāya, egg + -dār, bearing: origin, originally , spawning fish, hence, roe
caviar to the general
Origin of caviarAlteration of earlier caviarie (probably from obsolete Italian caviari, pl. of caviaro) or from French caviare, both from Turkish havyar, from Persian khāviyār, probably from a Caspian Iranian dialect variant of Persian khāya-dār, egg-holding (as in māhī-i khāya-dār, egg-holding fish) : khāya, egg (from Middle Persian xāyag; see awi- in Indo-European roots) + -dār, holder; see zamindar.
(countable and uncountable, plural caviars)
- A citation from Jehan Palsgrave's 1530 text Lesclarcissment de la langue françoyse reads "Calver of saulmon, escume de saulmon.". This possibly refers to caviar. If this is the case it predates by some 61 years the earliest usage (1591) of caviar documented in the Oxford English Dictionary.