spice

noun
\ˈspīs \

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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for spice

Synonyms: Noun

nip, piquancy, pungency, tang, zest, zing

Synonyms: Verb

flavor, lace, savor (also savour), season

Antonyms: Noun

insipidity

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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 Russell’s new daytime option is adding new flavor and spice to Pratt Street’s lunch hour. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "The Russell Opens Jamaican Grab And Go On Pratt Street," 13 July 2018 An impressive list of local businesses, from ice cream shops to breweries, use Savory's spices. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 Then add other ingredients like citrus zest, or spices like cinnamon or cardamom. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "French Sodas Taste Like Liquid Creamsicles, and We Are Here for It," 21 June 2018 For spice, there’s Murrow’s affair with Churchill’s daughter-in-law, later known as Pamela Harriman, Democratic fundraiser and President Clinton’s ambassador to France. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "The 99-Seat Beat: Come in. Aleichem and Churchill are waiting," 15 June 2018 Salad dressing is made with soybean oil, vinegar, eggs, corn syrup and spices like paprika, mustard and garlic. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Here’s to the U.S. flag!," 13 June 2018 There's a big helping of Steven Spielberg that forms the creative base of my budding filmmaker with a dash of Picasso added for extra spice. Leslie Anne Tarabella, AL.com, "The recipe for making a man," 1 May 2018 In a post on its website, the grocery chain explained that the mix is made with ground fava beans, chickpeas, garlic, onion, and spices like cumin and coriander. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Trader Joe's Newest Product Just Dethroned This Frozen Food Staple," 21 Mar. 2018 While the island also produces spices like cinnamon, cardamom, clove, pepper, Sri Lanka’s tea industry continues to be a vital player in the country's economy and one of the main sources of foreign exchange. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "Ceylon Silver Tips and Temple-Topped Mountains: An Insider’s Guide to Sri Lanka’s Tea Country," 31 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is looking to spice things up in the Hollywood Hills after opening his home up for rent at $16,500 per month. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Live and cook like celebrity chef Curtis Stone for $16,500 a month," 19 June 2018 Using a 1/2-cup or 1-cup measure, depending on the number of servings, mold the spiced oats into rounded shapes and place in serving bowls. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Hollywood’s Favorite Detox Resort Launches a Delicious Vegetarian Cookbook," 13 June 2018 After three days of work and worry and nausea, six-foot surf and 100-foot bounces, there’s finally time to sit around the tents and the trailers and drink spiced rum and tell some lies. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 Beautiful in presentation, the chorizo crêpe is a colorful affair complete with red bell pepper and avocado that add texture to the crumbly, lightly spiced pork. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 2018 Other vendors lined up for the Mountain View market include Fresh International Gardens with produce, Mexican spiced muffins and pickled foods; and the Vang family, Black Bear Farms and the Seldovitch Farm all with a variety of fresh produce. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Scrumptious strawberries and the beginning of zucchini season," 4 July 2018 So a few years back, Celebrate Highwood spiced it up by adding Taco Fest to Highwood Days. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "North Shore Taco Fest adds spice to Highwood Days," 3 July 2018 Here to spice up your next outdoor adventure is Emma Frisch, a finalist on Food Network Star and founder of Firelight Camps, a glamping destination in Ithaca, New York. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "3 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy," 22 June 2018 The non-pie signatures are homemade chicken and cranberry-walnut chicken salad, both offered as sandwiches, and there are several distinctly New England regional touches that spice up the menu. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Try Oprah's favorite pie in Cape Cod," 22 May 2018

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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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Phrases Related to spice

spice rack

variety is the spice of life

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spice

noun

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 \

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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