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

aroma, attar (also otto), balm, bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, incense, perfume, redolence, scent

Synonyms: Verb

flavor, lace, savor (also savour), season

Antonyms: Noun

fetor, malodor, reek, stench, stink

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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 medallion colors are from spices, saffron, vegetables and roots. Martha Mccully, Los Angeles Times, "Browsing: Shopping for rugs with interior designer Adam Hunter," 17 Sep. 2019 While not everyone wants their ale or porter brimming with pie spices, others see seasonal pumpkin beer releases as a welcome transition to fall. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "It’s time for fall beers at Connecticut breweries. Here are eight of them.," 16 Sep. 2019 Some may come for the sublime sangria or tasty tapas, but those with a sweet tooth (one that craves a little spice on the side) may just pop in for these warm churros ($9). Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Sweet & spicy churros at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort," 9 Sep. 2019 Originally created to store ginger, which is an important spice in Chinese culture, these jars today are great decorative pieces. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "What to Look for When Shopping for Blue and White Porcelain," 6 Sep. 2019 Grab a skillet, your favorite spice, and your favorite allium. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, ""Infusing Oil" is a Fancy-Sounding Trick You Can Do Practically Any Time," 5 Sep. 2019 Notably, all manner of meats, cheeses, spices, alcoholic beverages, and chocolates will also be impacted, in addition to clothes, footwear, furniture, and electronics, including popular Apple products. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "These China-made goods will soon cost more thanks to Trump’s tariffs," 31 Aug. 2019 Other than that, there’s really not too much spice. Laken Litman, SI.com, "The Sneaky-Good Games of Week 1 of the College Football Season," 27 Aug. 2019 Among the cocktails is Snack Boys’ version of a Michelada or a Bloody Mary — the Tomato 69 Juice, with Modelo beer or vodka, tomato juice, bone broth and spice ($6 or $9). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Snack Boys in Walker's Point now serves brunch," 25 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Stir 1/2 cup sugar and the 1/4 cup of spiced water in a heavy small saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Flan," 4 Sep. 2019 Garden Glory, a new Swedish gardening and outdoor accessories brand, is here to spice up your backyard with plenty of color and all sorts of unique designs. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yes, Stylish Garden Hoses Exist, and You Definitely Deserve One," 9 July 2019 At just $178, the mustard colored mini was an affordable choice that spiced up Shayk’s staples, especially when paired with a matching mini-bag from her collection with the Kooples. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Irina Shayk Reinvents Model Off-Duty Style," 27 June 2019 The menu changes often, but appetizers with staying power include housemade sausage, classic mussels, and French feta topped with pistachios, dates, capers, and spiced honey and served with coriander lavash. al, "Take a culinary tour of the world in Crestline Village," 22 Aug. 2019 The best of ideas will fall flat if no one is listening so spice up your presentation to get everyone's attention. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 24, 2019: Gemini, consider the source; Virgo, make them an offer they can’t refuse," 24 June 2019 The sausage was spiced with black pepper, garlic, mustard seed, and salt and had even earned its own name, the Albright special. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "This is the True Story Behind the BBQ Barn of Beasley, Texas," 22 Aug. 2019 Most of what’s new in the script amounts to extensions of the comic interludes, and some of these attempts to spice up the proceedings fall a bit flat. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Conservative Pride of The Lion King," 11 July 2019 Some couples really find a way of spicing things up while apart. NBC News, "Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband live apart and swear by it. Can it work for you?," 13 June 2019

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

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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 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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