spice

noun
\ ˈspīs How to pronounce spice (audio) \

Definition of spice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various aromatic vegetable products (such as pepper or nutmeg) used to season or flavor foods
2a archaic : a small portion, quantity, or admixture : dash
b : something that gives zest or relish variety's the very spice of life— William Cowper
3 : a pungent or fragrant odor : perfume

spice

verb
spiced; spicing

Definition of spice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to season with spices
2 : to add zest or relish to cynicism spiced with humor— J. W. Dawson often used with up

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Other Words from spice

Noun

spiceless \ ˈspīs-​ləs How to pronounce spiceless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for spice

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of spice in a Sentence

Noun The soup needs a little more spice. a cologne for men that captures all of the spice of the sea Verb I spiced the chicken with ginger. spice the stew with more pepper
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The accompanying orange gastrique and butternut squash mousseline complement the hearty anatine flavors with lovely notes of sweet citrus and autumn spice, respectively. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "Missing travel and craving adventurous cuisine? Take your palate on a trip to France," 12 Nov. 2020 Instead of traditional pumpkin pie, Harvest Pumpkin Bars have all the flavors of fall – ginger, pecans and pumpkin pie spice. oregonlive, "Downsized Thanksgiving: This year, smaller and easier celebrations offer a chance to try new things," 9 Nov. 2020 Rudolph's sassy narration adds spice to yet another tasty food offering. Star Tribune, "Netflix adds all of 'Chappelle's Show': Best things to watch, listen to or read this week," 5 Nov. 2020 Fiery hot peppers can do more than just spice up our meals. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Personal Defense Tools and Weapons That Could Save Your Life in an Emergency," 4 Nov. 2020 Inside, the cheese melts to coat each piece of kimchi without sogging the pastry, and spice and tang meld seamlessly. Madison Wilson, TheWeek, "Daydreams of this pastry transport me back to Dublin," 25 Oct. 2020 Anthony Brown transferred to Oregon from Boston College to add some spice to the quarterback competition. oregonlive, "About the Oregon Ducks' scrimmage that wasn’t, and what it means for the season: Issues & Answers," 25 Oct. 2020 For such a moneymaker, though, pumpkin spice is rather divisive. Joseph Errico, Marie Claire, "Pumpkin Spice: The Ultimate Fall Palette," 5 Oct. 2020 Writer Vidya Balachander takes that history and, brilliantly, contextualizes its use in the history of caste politics in India, demonstrating how the spice’s popularity has a deeply political meaning. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Restaurant awards don't have to be a complete disaster," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The two future residents of Canton, Ohio — at least their busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, that is — spice up the Packers-Buccaneers game Sunday in Tampa. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: How to watch free live streams, TV options, updates (10/18/20) | Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady," 18 Oct. 2020 That common outdoors practice has suffered in recent months as inexperienced campers flee their havens of apartment boredom in an effort to spice up an existence overshadowed by the ominous cloud of COVID-19. Sunset Magazine, "Thai National Park Mails Garbage Back to Littering Visitors—U.S. Parks Should Do the Same," 22 Sep. 2020 The two future residents of Canton, Ohio — at least their busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, that is — spice up the Packers-Buccaneers game Sunday in Tampa. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: How to watch free live streams, TV options, updates (10/18/20) | Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady," 18 Oct. 2020 To spice up your costume, be sure to add Mack’s infamous creepy mask. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "13 Houston heroes and villains you should be for Halloween, with costume tips," 16 Oct. 2020 Images can be reused and remixed online without a trace—helpful to those trying to spice up their Instagram feed but also to purveyors of disinformation. Tom Simonite, Wired, "This Camera App Is Designed to Fight Fake News," 15 Oct. 2020 From workout staples to Zoom-ready blazers and delicate intimates to spice up your top drawer, the Zon's fashion deals are fit for every occasion and every kind of shopper. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Best Amazon Prime Day Deals 2020: 47 Fashion Deals to Snatch Up Immediately," 13 Oct. 2020 Perfect for: The person who wants to spice up their everyday mask look. Sarah Han, Allure, "Sephora Collection Just Dropped Its Holiday Collection With the Cutest Gift Sets," 15 Sep. 2020 The two future residents of Canton, Ohio — at least their busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, that is — spice up the Packers-Buccaneers game Sunday in Tampa. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: How to watch free live streams, TV options, updates (10/18/20) | Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady," 18 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of spice

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spice

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French espece, espis, from Late Latin species product, wares, drugs, spices, from Latin, appearance, species — more at species

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Time Traveler for spice

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The first known use of spice was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

16 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spice. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for spice

spice

noun
How to pronounce spice (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance (such as pepper or nutmeg) that is used in cooking to add flavor to food and that comes from a dried plant and is usually a powder or seed
: something that adds interest or excitement

spice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to flavor (food) with spices
: to add interest or excitement to (something)

spice

noun
\ ˈspīs How to pronounce spice (audio) \

Kids Definition of spice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a seasoning (as pepper or nutmeg) that comes from a dried plant part and that is usually a powder or seed
2 : something that adds interest My boring routine needs some spice.

spice

verb
spiced; spicing

Kids Definition of spice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to add something that gives flavor or interest What did you spice the stew with? A new hairstyle spiced up her image.

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