Definition of caviar in English:


(also caviare)

Pronunciation /ˈkavɪɑː//ˌkavɪˈɑː/


mass noun
  • The pickled roe of sturgeon or other large fish, eaten as a delicacy.

    • ‘Spoon a portion of caviar over the monkfish liver and garnish with the scallions and lemon zest.’
    • ‘In Russia, batter made with buckwheat flour is fried in delicate little pools that become soft beds for expensive caviar.’
    • ‘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.’


  • caviar to the general

    • A good thing unappreciated by the ignorant.

      • ‘After years of having been caviar to the general, Sir John, having won an Academy Award for his work in ‘Arthur,’ is, according to Miss Danner, enjoying his new popularity among the masses.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, it remains caviare to the general to this day, and even among persons educated in music there are many who do not like it, or like it only in small doses.’
      • ‘But this is between ourselves as such a proposition unexplained would be caviare to the general.’
      • ‘He was an intellectual aristocrat who was, as a teacher, caviar to the general.’
      • ‘Poets, like other artists whose work remains caviar to the general, have always sought patronage - from individuals, corporation and governments.’


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