Definition of chives in English:


plural noun

  • A widely cultivated small Eurasian plant related to the onion, with purple-pink flowers and dense tufts of long tubular leaves that are used as a culinary herb.

    ‘freshly chopped chives’
    ‘chive and garlic dressing’
    • ‘Plants deer especially dislike include catmint, chives, lavender, sage, spearmint, thyme and yarrow-all useful and easy to grow in this area.’
    • ‘On this occasion, the garden boasted several types of basil, parsley, chives, angelica and mintas well as lettuce, tomatoes and kaffir limes!’
    • ‘We came home via the garden centre to buy some more plant pots - my basil and chive seedlings will be ready to live outside soon - and some more organic compost.’
    • ‘Herbs such as chives, lemon balm, marjoram, and mint are also attractive to insects.’
    • ‘Good choices to plant now are basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, parsley rosemary, sage, and thyme.’
    • ‘Just the thought of fresh bunches of coriander, basil, chives, spring onions and mint at my doorstep makes me all giddy with excitement.’
    • ‘The likes of chives, basil and marjoram are ideally suited to being grown in a pot and will happily sit on the kitchen windowsill or spend the summer on the doorstep.’
    • ‘Choose five of the following fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, chives, mint, chervil, basil, dill, tarragon.’
    • ‘The choice of herb tends to be decided by availability but in an ideal world, it would be a mix of flat-leaf parsley, chives and tarragon.’
    • ‘Plant alliums such as garlic and chives, as well as anise, coriander, nasturtiums, and petunias as companion plants.’
    • ‘Those who really like onion flavours should throw the pink chive flowers in too.’
    • ‘For fresh flavorings this summer, plant basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.’
    • ‘Arrange some fried lotus root chips and salsify to one side of the plate, spoon some sauce around the dish, and garnish with garlic roots, chive blossoms, sea salt, and rosemary.’
    • ‘Add the selection of herbs, particularly the coriander, and toss in the chive flowers.’
    • ‘Not only are they aromatic and in season most of the year, but there is nothing better than having fresh thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, coriander and chives at your fingertips.’


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