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

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

Snacks, spices, salad dressings, sweets, juices, cookies, cakes and juices were among the goods that saw annual prices increases, according to consumer-price index data released Wednesday. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "With a Pinch of Innovation, Food Makers Raise Prices," 19 Dec. 2018 Strain spiced cream mixture, discarding spices; return to pot. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Eggnog," 11 Dec. 2018 Smelling of evergreen, berries and spice, this long-lasting fragrance set diffuses the oil through natural reeds and looks beautiful at the same time, thanks to the berries and decorative green ribbon — and without the worry of an open flame. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "9 Holiday Decor Items Under $50," 3 Dec. 2018 Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker and fold in pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and cider. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Apple Pumpkin Butter," 25 Oct. 2018 Chocolate, spice, and leftover sun — the perfect fall recipe. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Chili Chocolate Hair-Color Trend Is the Prettiest Way for Brunettes to Go Red," 3 Oct. 2018 Packed with pumpkin spice, a hint of molasses, and marshmallow cream, these Halloween cookies are anything but dull. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 Try these simmer pot recipes which involve tossing fresh fruits, herbs, and spices in your slow cooker. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Essential Oils Will Make Your Entire Home Smell Like Christmas," 14 Oct. 2018 Even though the spinach isn’t cooked at all (sending me back to my old comfort zone), its flavor is amplified by chile, spring onion and some of my favorite herbs and spices. Yotam Ottolenghi, The Seattle Times, "Yet another way to eat your spinach: try the Tunisian condiment pkaila," 18 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Calvin Klein/Facebook Simons spent the past two years trying to spice things up at Calvin Klein with a heady rebranding. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 Time for mistletoe, spiced drinks, twinkling lights—and unbridled rage? Chloe Schama, Vogue, "A New Theatrical Adaptation of Network Is All About the Rage," 7 Dec. 2018 But if a simple butter cookie sounds too plain for this over-the-top season, fear not—the purity of its taste and the addictive quality of its crunch make the sablé the ideal carrier for a range of festive flavors, from citrus to spice to matcha. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "This Holiday Season’s Smartest Cookie," 5 Dec. 2018 Executives at the sports-media giant wanted to seek out new audiences by spicing up shows with opinionated analysis and debate, including on SportsCenter, its struggling news and highlights franchise. Fox News, "How a weakened ESPN became consumed by politics," 25 May 2018 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

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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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