Definition of chives in English:

chives

plural noun

  • A small Eurasian plant related to the onion, with purple-pink flowers and long tubular leaves which are used as a culinary herb.

    ‘freshly chopped chives’
    ‘chive and garlic dressing’
    • ‘If he's fixing a salad, he steps outside the back door and snips from the beds of lemon thyme, garlic chives, parsley, and mint to add to the mix of lettuces he grows from spring to fall.’
    • ‘Today I've planted a tray each of curly parsley, plain parsley and chive seeds and pricked out all the rudbekia and most of the Viola (Johnny Jump Up) seedlings into modules.’
    • ‘The tomatoes, aubergines and peppers are coming along in the greenhouse, as are the herbs Rosemary sowed about 10 days ago - thyme, sweet basil, chives and parsley.’
    • ‘I like rosemary, thyme, mint, marjoram or chive flowers tossed over dishes made from eggs, vegetables or cheese.’
    • ‘Add decorative and edible flower heads to your salads, such as nasturtiums, marigold petals, violas and chive flowers.’
    • ‘A few chives and a chive flower, plus a some mint leaves from a plant that is quickly recovering from a recent near-death experience.’
    • ‘In the summer find burdock, turnips, cucumbers, mint, lemon grass, Chinese chive, soybeans and coriander.’
    • ‘Sow herbs, including basil, chives, coriander and marjoram in the garden or in windowsill pots.’
    • ‘I had wormwood, soapwort, dill, yarrow, tarragon, chives, rosemary, lavender, angelica, many kinds of basil and thymes.’
    • ‘The site is a former dairy farm, now given over to a variety of herbs - ranging from basil, parsley, coriander and chives to edible flowers and mixed salad leaves.’
    • ‘There is nothing better than having fresh herbs on hand for cooking and marjoram, thyme, sage, chives, rosemary, parsley and basil will all thrive on a windowsill.’
    • ‘The Herb Garden includes 20 varieties, such as basil, lemon grass, hot and sweet peppers, chives, rosemary and much, much more.’
    • ‘On an outside window sill, basil, thyme, bay, chervil, sage, chives and marjoram will grow happily in a pot.’
    • ‘So if you plant 20 or 25 chive plants, then you never have to buy chives again.’
    • ‘Planting too early in mild climates allows too long a time for clove formation, and the plants may form a bush that looks more like a chive plant.’
    • ‘Some easy-to-grow annual herbs that can be transplanted to your garden next spring include basil, dill, oregano, chives, coriander, and anise.’
    • ‘Toss a handful of chive blossoms on top of your salad tonight.’
    • ‘Compact herbs such as chives, dwarf basil, lavender, and oregano fit nicely into the openings of concrete blocks.’
    • ‘Plant seedlings of basil, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.’
    • ‘I also gave the potted plants (rosemary, chives, oregano and garlic) a bit more compost and a top dressing of bark chips to smarten them up, keep down the weeds and help with water retention.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, dialect variant of cive, from Latin cepa onion.

Pronunciation:

chives

/tʃʌɪvz/