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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.

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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  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. Bill Samuels Jr.:

    My Master Distiller said, 'You know when your son comes in and replaces you, the first thing he's gonna do is take your name off the label and put his on there.' And I said, 'He won't do that.' Well, he did it. So I had to have a legacy and that was the creation of 46, it's a little bolder, it's got a longer finish, and it's got a spice, which comes from the finishing process where we use French oak.

  2. Sanita Belgrave:

    I'm not just a hint of spice, I’m the whole bark.

  3. Christopher Morley:

    The plural of spouse is spice.

  4. Boris Nemtsov:

    He was seen as a handsome, charismatic, open and energetic man. An artistic orator with a biting tongue ... And of course Boris will be missed like spice, which in small doses can give a rich taste.

  5. Lily James:

    The Bennet sisters were like Spice Girls with swords. We were so kick ass, the women pull the shots in this movie. It's all about girl power and it was really fun.

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