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

Because spice is a synthetic drug, Narcan could not be used to treat the symptoms. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "14 people overdose on 'spice' in Downtown Indianapolis," 13 May 2018 The resulting combination of cool ingredients and spice was delicious. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Create your own Laotian feast at Sticky Rice," 30 Apr. 2018 Cocktails, identified by number, feature a crisp and bracing tequila-and-Malort concoction with the bite of ginger beer, made candy-colored by blood orange, and a rich Boulevardier, its rye spice softened with syrupy sherry. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Tied House is that rarest of neighborhood restaurants: a destination," 12 Apr. 2018 The international recognition created a surge of interest for the regional cuisine — characterized by its tongue-numbing spices and spicy flavor profiles — and it’s now hard to find a city across the country without a Sichuan restaurant. Clarissa Wei, San Francisco Chronicle, "How China and Taiwan now transmit food trends to California," 9 Feb. 2018 The craft is in service of the community, and our spices and style of service will reflect that. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 Grind toasted seeds in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 Starting in the late '90s, the Spice Girls had their five different spices, with each girl having a polished image and performance style. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "BLACKPINK: A Girl Group Owning Its Girl Power," 6 July 2018 Some extra spice has been added ahead of Saturday's Champions League final with claims emerging that Liverpool have twice tried to sign Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio. SI.com, "Report Claims Liverpool 'May Have' Had €150m Bid for Real Madrid Star Rejected," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add a bloody mary, bellini or mimosa for $5 or opt for an $11 specialty cocktail like the Coffee Drank, a blend of La Colombe coffee, spiced rum, bourbon, cream and vanilla. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets," 13 July 2018 Highlights include chicken liver toast with apricot; spiced half chicken with new potatoes; and wild salmon grilled in grape leaves over almond wood. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "The California Hot Sauce Expo is a two-day hot sauce party. Are you ready?," 3 July 2018 Ginger beer is a nonalcoholic carbonated soda that’s like ginger ale but with more ginger bite and spice. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "3 summer sippers all made with ginger beer," 15 June 2018 One of the most popular dishes on this upscale Burlingame restaurant is the Bombay Sliders: spiced potato patties sandwiched between buns similar to Parker House rolls. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best burgers in the Bay Area from the 2018 Top 100 restaurants," 12 June 2018 When introducing solids to baby around the age of 6 months, include foods that have bitter, spiced or otherwise interesting flavors and, eventually, various textures. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Picky, picky: Strategies to get your kids (or yourself) to try new foods," 11 June 2018 Almost immediately, explosive leaks started coming from inside the tax agency, spicing up the pages of a major South African newspaper. New York Times, "Corruption Gutted South Africa’s Tax Agency. Now the Nation Is Paying the Price.," 10 June 2018 Magenta beet spread and spiced labneh used for dipping add a burst of color and flavor. Lesley Balla, Los Angeles Magazine, "Classy Crudités Are Making a Comeback at These L.A. Restaurants," 17 May 2018 Dinner brings on kaleidoscopic, themed thali trays like the Vishnu, with its dusky smoked eggplant, dal laced with mustard oil and definitive spiced crisps of okra. Houston Chronicle, "Alison Cook's Top 10 Houston restaurants," 10 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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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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