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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spicenoun

    aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative

  2. spicenoun

    any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food

  3. spiciness, spice, spiceryverb

    the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored

  4. spice, spice upverb

    make more interesting or flavorful

    "Spice up the evening by inviting a belly dancer"

  5. zest, spice, spice upverb

    add herbs or spices to

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPICEnoun

    Etymology: espices, French.

    Dang’rous rocks,
    Which, touching but my gentle vessel’s side,
    Would scatter all the spices on the stream. William Shakespeare.

    Is not manhood, learning, gentleness, and virtue, the spice and salt that seasons a man? William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    The traffick of the spice-merchants. 1 Kings x. 15.

    Garlick, the northern spice, is in mighty request among the Indians. William Temple.

    High sauces and rich spices are fetched from the Indies. Thomas Baker.

    Think what they have done,
    And then run stark mad; for all
    Thy by-gone fooleries were but spices of it. William Shakespeare.

    It containeth singular relations, not without some spice or sprinkling of all learning. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    So in the wicked there’s no vice,
    Of which the saints have not a spice. Hudibras.

  2. To Spiceverb

    To season with spice; to mix with aromatick bodies.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    His mother was a votress of my order,
    And in the spiced Indian air by night
    Full often she hath gossip’d by my side. William Shakespeare.

    These hymns may work on future wits, and so
    May great-grand-children of thy praises grow;
    And so, though not revive, embalm and spice
    The world, which else would putrify with vice. John Donne.

    What though some have a fraught
    Of cloves and nutmegs, and in cinnamon sail,
    If thou hast wherewithal to spice a draught,
    When griefs prevail? George Herbert.


  1. SPICE

    SPICE ("Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis") is a general-purpose, open-source analog electronic circuit simulator. It is a program used in integrated circuit and board-level design to check the integrity of circuit designs and to predict circuit behavior.


  1. spice

    A spice is a substance typically derived from a plant, used to flavor, color, or preserve food. They are usually used in their dried form and can be whole, such as seeds or bark, or ground into a powder. Spices are different from herbs, which come from the green, leafy part of a plant. Examples of spices include cinnamon, cloves, cumin, and pepper.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spicenoun

    species; kind

  2. Spicenoun

    a vegetable production of many kinds, fragrant or aromatic and pungent to the taste, as pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, ginger, cloves, etc., which are used in cookery and to flavor sauces, pickles, etc

  3. Spicenoun

    figuratively, that which enriches or alters the quality of a thing in a small degree, as spice alters the taste of food; that which gives zest or pungency; a slight flavoring; a relish; hence, a small quantity or admixture; a sprinkling; as, a spice of mischief

  4. Spiceverb

    to season with spice, or as with spice; to mix aromatic or pungent substances with; to flavor; to season; as, to spice wine; to spice one's words with wit

  5. Spiceverb

    to fill or impregnate with the odor of spices

  6. Spiceverb

    to render nice or dainty; hence, to render scrupulous

  7. Etymology: [OE. spice, spece, spice, species, OF. espice, espece, F. pice spice, espce species, fr. L. species particular sort or kind, a species, a sight, appearance, show, LL., spices, drugs, etc., of the same sort, fr. L. specere to look. See Spy, and cf. Species.]


  1. SPICE

    SPICE is a general-purpose, open source analog electronic circuit simulator. It is a powerful program that is used in integrated circuit and board-level design to check the integrity of circuit designs and to predict circuit behavior.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spice

    spīs, n. an aromatic and pungent vegetable substance used as a condiment and for seasoning food—pepper, cayenne pepper, pimento, nutmeg, mace, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, cassia, &c.: a characteristic touch or taste, smack, flavour: anything that adds piquancy or interest: an aromatic odour.—v.t. to season with spice: to tincture, vary, or diversify.—ns. Spice′-box, an ornamental box for keeping spices: (coll.) a hot-tempered person; Spice′-bush, an aromatic American shrub of the laurel family; Spice′-cake, a cake flavoured with spice of some kind.—adjs. Spiced, impregnated with a spicy odour: over-scrupulous; Spice′ful, aromatic.—ns. Spī′cer, one who seasons with spice; Spī′cery, spices in general: a repository of spices: spiciness; Spice′-tree, an evergreen tree of the Pacific United States, yielding a fine hard wood—the Mountain-laurel, California-laurel, Olive- or Bay-tree, and Cajeput; Spice′-wood, the spice-bush. [O. Fr. espice (Fr. épice)—Late L. species, kinds of goods, spices—L. species, a particular kind, &c.]

Editors Contribution

  1. spice

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, flavors and styles.

    Spices are popular.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SPICE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Spice is ranked #28333 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Spice surname appeared 843 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Spice.

    87.9% or 741 total occurrences were White.
    5.2% or 44 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.8% or 32 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 18 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spice in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of spice in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    We've added a lot of spice to it, when I say we, maybe it's I, and others perhaps. They see that I am coming here.

  2. Victoria Beckham:

    I met Queen Bey a few years ago and Queen Bey actually said to me,' It was the Spice Girls that inspired me and made me want to do what I do and made me proud to be a girl and proud to be who I am,' and when someone like Queen Bey, who is so iconic and such a strong woman, says that Queen Bey was inspired by the Spice Girls, I think that that's quite something.

  3. Eddy M Reyes:

    God is the spice of my life

  4. Jamie Overton:

    I think any sibling rivalry you are always going to have a bit of extra spice, knowing me and Craig, we are probably even spicier than a lot of people. AUSTRALIAN FORMER CRICKETER ANDREW SYMONDS DIES IN TRAGIC ACCIDENT.

  5. Carl Loredo:

    We're not taking anything away from consumers, but rather adding a little bit of spice to their life in the morning.

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