Definition of caviar in US English:


(also caviare)


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

    • ‘The chefs meanwhile offer up such delights as caviar, oysters and kangaroo steak.’
    • ‘Spoon a portion of caviar over the monkfish liver and garnish with the scallions and lemon zest.’
    • ‘Top with the cooked prawns and salmon roe or Avruga caviar.’
    • ‘In Russia, batter made with buckwheat flour is fried in delicate little pools that become soft beds for expensive 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.