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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [chahyv]
    • /tʃaɪv/
    • /ʧaɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chahyv]
    • /tʃaɪv/

Definitions of chive word

  • noun chive a small Eurasian purple-flowered alliaceous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, whose long slender hollow leaves are used in cooking to flavour soups, stews, etc 3
  • noun chive a small bulbous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, related to the leek and onion, having long, slender leaves that are used as a seasoning. 1
  • noun chive A perennial plant, Allium schoenoprasum, related to the onion. 1
  • noun plural chive edible herb 1
  • noun chive (in plural chives) The leaves of this plant used as a herb. 0

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Origin of chive

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English cive < Anglo-French chive, Old French cive ≪ Latin caepa onion

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Parts of speech for Chive


chive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

chive usage trend in Literature

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