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spice

noun \ ˈspīs \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of spice

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

spiceless

play \ˈspīs-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

Recent Examples of spice from the Web

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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


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spice

verb

Definition of spice

spiced; spicing
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

Examples of spice in a Sentence

  1. I spiced the chicken with ginger.

  2. spice the stew with more pepper

Recent Examples of spice from the Web

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First Known Use of spice

14th century

spice Synonyms

Synonyms
flavor, lace, savor (also savour), season
Related Words
enhance, enrich, sauce; pepper, salt; aromatize, perfume


SPICE Defined for English Language Learners

spice

noun

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


spice

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

noun \ ˈspīs \

Definition of spice for Students

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.

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spice

verb

Definition of spice for Students

spiced; spicing
: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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