noun \ˈmās\

Definition of MACE

:  an aromatic spice consisting of the dried external fibrous covering of a nutmeg

Origin of MACE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old French mascie, macis, from Medieval Latin macis
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel



Definition of MACE

a :  a heavy often spiked staff or club used especially in the Middle Ages for breaking armor
b :  a club used as a weapon
a :  an ornamental staff borne as a symbol of authority before a public official (as a magistrate) or a legislative body
b :  one who carries a mace

Origin of MACE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *mattia; akin to Latin mateola mallet
First Known Use: 14th century



: to spray (a person) with Mace


Full Definition of MACE

transitive verb
:  to attack with the liquid Mace

Examples of MACE

  1. She maced the man who attacked her.

First Known Use of MACE



trademark \ˈmās\

—used for a liquid that stings the eyes and skin and that is used as a spray to defend against an attacker

Full Definition of MACE

—used for a temporarily disabling liquid usually used as a spray


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