spice

[spahys]

noun

verb (used with object), spiced, spic·ing.

to prepare or season with a spice or spices.
to give zest, piquancy, or interest to by something added.

Trademark.

(initial capital letter) the proprietary name of a brand of synthetic cannabis compound.

Nearby words

  1. spic-and-span,
  2. spica,
  3. spica bandage,
  4. spicate,
  5. spiccato,
  6. spice islands,
  7. spiceberry,
  8. spicebush,
  9. spicebush swallowtail,
  10. spiced

Origin of spice

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English, aphetic form of Old French espice (French épice) from Latin speciēs “appearance, sort, kind” (see species), in Late Latin (plural): “goods, wares, spices, drugs”; (verb) Middle English spicen, in part derivative of the noun, in part from Old French espicer, derivative of espice

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British Dictionary definitions for spice

spice

noun

  1. any of a variety of aromatic vegetable substances, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, used as flavourings
  2. these substances collectively
something that represents or introduces zest, charm, or gusto
rare a small amount
Yorkshire dialect confectionery

verb (tr)

to prepare or flavour (food) with spices
to introduce charm or zest into
Derived Formsspicer, noun

Word Origin for spice

C13: from Old French espice, from Late Latin speciēs (pl) spices, from Latin speciēs (sing) kind; also associated with Late Latin spīcea (unattested) fragrant herb, from Latin spīceus having spikes of foliage; see spica

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Word Origin and History for spice
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Idioms and Phrases with spice

spice

see variety is the spice of life.

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