pumpkin spice

noun

variants or less commonly pumpkin pie spice
: a mixture of usually cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and often allspice that is commonly used in pumpkin pie
Pumpkin spice is everywhere, and at this point you simply give in to the pounds you'll potentially gain from all the glorious spreads during the holidays.Chris Scott
By mixing in a few simple ingredients with pumpkin—think vanilla yogurt, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and a sprinkling of graham cracker—you create a velvety pumpkin pie experience in a matter of seconds.Erika Chayes Wida
often used before another noun
It's that time of year again—holiday decorations festoon the lampposts and store windows, the smell of pumpkin spice lattes pervades the air, and the chill of winter has settled in …Lee Hutchinson
With sweet potato pie, the same pumpkin pie spice blend … is used along with the pre-baked crust.WSOCTV.com

Examples of pumpkin spice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just outside the doors of a nondescript grocery, a goblin market trades in mythical weapons and pumpkin spice lattes. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2024 Scherer pulls off Milk Chocolate-Dipped Bacon Ice Cream Sandwiches, pumpkin spice pig’s foot, and peanut butter and jelly fried chicken sandwiches. Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2024 According to the Original Cream Puffs website, the cream puff has debuted different flavors such as strawberry cream, latte cream, cocoa cream, pumpkin spice cream and peppermint cream puff. Cathy Kozlowicz, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2024 Something a bit more exotic for this holiday is a pumpkin spice margarita. Mike Hoffmann, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 Or perhaps you're known to bake a batch of pumpkin spice cookies for the holidays? Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 21 Mar. 2024 And so, in the new year, the tastemakers will be giving us food that's healthier and better for the planet; more Mexican and Asian food; and, according to Nielsen IQ's Sherry Frey, more pumpkin spice, which can be found in products throughout the aisles. David Pogue, CBS News, 19 Nov. 2023 The minty flavor will replace the pumpkin spice Frosty, which has been on the menu since Sept. 12. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 Clearly, pumpkin spice is not going to go away on its own. Daniel Neman, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pumpkin spice was in 1930

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“Pumpkin spice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumpkin%20spice. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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