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spice

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noun \ˈspīs\

Definition of spice

  1. 1 :  any of various aromatic vegetable products (as pepper or nutmeg) used to season or flavor foods

  2. 2a archaic :  a small portion, quantity, or admixture :  dashb :  something that gives zest or relish <variety's the very spice of life — William Cowper>

  3. 3 :  a pungent or fragrant odor :  perfume

spiceless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of spice in a sentence

  1. The soup needs a little more spice.

  2. <a cologne for men that captures all of the spice of the sea>

Origin and Etymology of spice

Middle English, from Anglo-French espece, espis, from Late Latin species product, wares, drugs, spices, from Latin, appearance, species — more at species


First Known Use: 13th century


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spice

transitive verb

Definition of spice

spiced

spicing

  1. 1 :  to season with spices

  2. 2 :  to add zest or relish to <cynicism spiced with humor — J. W. Dawson> —often used with up

Examples of spice in a sentence

  1. I spiced the chicken with ginger.

  2. <spice the stew with more pepper>

14th Century

First Known Use of spice

14th century



SPICE Defined for English Language Learners

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spice

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noun \ˈspīs\

Definition of spice for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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spice

transitive verb

Definition of spice for English Language Learners

  • : to flavor (food) with spices

  • : to add interest or excitement to (something)


SPICE Defined for Kids

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spice

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noun \ˈspīs\

Definition of spice for Students

  1. 1 :  a seasoning (as pepper or nutmeg) that comes from a dried plant part and that is usually a powder or seed

  2. 2 :  something that adds interest <My boring routine needs some spice.>


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spice

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verb

Definition of spice for Students

spiced

spicing

  1. :  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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