Spice definition

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Spice is a strong scented plant substance, a strong scent or something that adds flavor.

An example of a spice is nutmeg.

An example of a spice is chili flakes.

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A pungent aroma.
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A spicy fragrance or aroma.
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That which adds zest, piquancy, or interest.
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Spice is defined as to add seasoning or flavor.

An example of spice is grinding pepper over an egg dish.

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Any of various pungent, aromatic plant substances, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, used to flavor foods or beverages.
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These substances considered as a group.
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(archaic) A small bit; trace.
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Any of several vegetable substances, as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, or pepper, used to season food; spices are usually dried for use and have distinctive flavors and aromas.
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Such substances collectively or as a material.
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To season or flavor with spice.
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To add zest, piquancy, or interest to.
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(countable, uncountable) Plant matter (usually dried) used to season or flavour food.
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(figuratively, uncountable) Appeal, interest; an attribute that makes something appealing, interesting, or engaging.
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(uncountable, Yorkshire) Sweets, candy.
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Sir T. Elyot.

Justice, although it be but one entire virtue, yet is described in two kinds of spices. The one is named justice distributive, the other is called commutative.

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To add spice or spices to.
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(nonce word) Plural form of spouse.
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Something that adds zest or interest.

The controversy added spice to the political campaign.

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To season with spices.
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To add zest or interest to.

Uses witty rhymes to spice up the song.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spice
Plural:
spices

Origin of spice

  • Middle English from Old French espice from Late Latin speciēs wares, spices from Latin kind species

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French espice (modern épice), from Late Latin (plural) species (“spices, goods, wares"), from Latin (singular) spÄ•ciÄ“s (“kind, sort").

    From Wiktionary

  • Formed by analogy with mice as the plural of mouse by Robert A. Heinlein in Time Enough for Love.

    From Wiktionary