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

There are many different materials, but marble remains the best for spices. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 Coat skirt steak in spice mixture and let marinate 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Skirt Steak Raja Tacos," 25 July 2018 The property’s restaurant takes a rather formal approach to local fare, with dishes like rack of lamb coated in Dalmatian spices and grilled Adriatic tuna with onion marmalade. Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 Same goes for spices like cardamom and cinnamon (which are in the aforementioned Moon Milk). Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "9 Foods That May Help You Get to Sleep," 29 May 2018 Follow the recipe for Mexican-Style Swiss Chard Taco Filling, making the following changes: 1) First, halve 1 medium serrano chile lengthwise and, if desired, remove the seeds and ribs (for a milder spice). Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Delicious veggie tacos for Cinco de Mayo," 27 Apr. 2018 Maybe make a monetary bet with a coworker, for a little spice. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Stupid Wind Is Ruining the Olympics," 14 Feb. 2018 In one of my accompanying recipes, the sweet potato in the dumplings call the tune for the aromatic spices that go into the stew. Sheri Castle, sacbee, "Dumplings can make a splash | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Feb. 2018 But a side of elote (corn) was distinctive, seasoned with Cajun spice along with chile powder and topped with plenty of lime and cilantro. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "A life of love and tamales: Virgie Martinez retires from backyard landmark Mi Cocinita," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among the starters are a honeynut squash and goat cheese salad with apples and spiced pepitas; and diners can enjoy their turkey either roasted, in a pot pie, or braised with a side of brandied mushroom risotto. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 The star of the menu, though, is the monster Bloody Mary—it's topped with a hush puppy, lobster claw, king crab leg, Old Bay spiced shrimp, and a pickle. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 To spice up your lunge routine and reap additional strengthening benefits, give these banded gliding lateral lunges a try. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes and Thighs With This Lateral Lunge Variation From Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes," 1 Mar. 2019 October, on the other hand, is all about spices, including a tour of the resort’s new spice garden and cocktails spiced with nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and cloves. New York Times, "5 Getaways With Local Food Festivals That Are Worth the Trip," 13 June 2018 Stop by The Polo Lounge, which will seduce you with its perfectly edited, fantastically smooth ambiance and its crafty holiday offerings of traditional staples such as spiced mulled wine, spiked egg nog and the fig sidecar. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "The Best Things To Do In Los Angeles During The Holidays," 8 Nov. 2016 The products are sauteed, stewed and spiced for sale in high-end restaurants and street-corner food carts. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "The U.S. and China Are Hatching a Plan to Reopen Chicken Trade," 17 Jan. 2019 Either way, here are 11 ways to spice up your kisses. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "11 Types of Kisses to Step Up Your Makeout Game," 9 Jan. 2019 Transfer to spice grinder or blender and pulse to blend and grind. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fennel Roasted Chicken and Peppers," 21 Dec. 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 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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