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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)

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.

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."