Definition of "spice" []

  • Any of various pungent, aromatic plant substances, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, used to flavor foods or beverages. (noun)
  • These substances considered as a group. (noun)
  • Something that adds zest or flavor. (noun)
  • A pungent aroma; a perfume. (noun)
  • To season with spices. (verb-transitive)
  • Any of a variety of aromatic vegetable substances, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, used as flavourings (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • These substances collectively (noun)
  • Something that represents or introduces zest, charm, or gusto (noun)
  • A small amount (noun)
  • Confectionery (noun)
  • To prepare or flavour (food) with spices (verb)
  • To introduce charm or zest into (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "spice" in a sentence
  • "The word spice came from the medieval Latin species, which meant “kind of merchandise.”"
  • "No. (2) The term spice means any aromatic vegetable substance in the whole, broken, or ground form, except for those substances which have been traditionally regarded as foods, such as onions, garlic and celery; whose significant function in food is seasoning rather than nutritional; that is true to name; and from which no portion of any volatile oil or other flavoring principle has been removed."
  • "It was a proverbial saying in the school that Annie Forest was always in hot water; she was exceedingly daring, and loved what she called a spice of danger."