spice Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative
noun any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food
noun the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
verb make more interesting or flavorful
- Spice up the evening by inviting a belly dancer
verb add herbs or spices to
spice up; zest.
The spices of penance ben three. Chaucer.
Abstain you from all evil spice. Wyclif (1. Thess,v. 22).
Justice, although it be but one entire virtue, yet is described in two kinds of spices. The one is named justice distributive, the other is called commutative. Sir T. Elyot.
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.
Hast thou aught in thy purse [bag] any hot spices? Piers Plowman.
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. spiceof mischief
So much of the will, with a spice of the willful. Coleridge.
Spice transitive verb
To season with spice, or as with spice; to mix aromatic or pungent substances with; to flavor; to season; as, to. spicewine; to spiceone's words with wit
She 'll receive thee, but will spice thy bread With flowery poisons. Chapman.
To fill or impregnate with the odor of spices.
In the spiced Indian air, by night. Shak.
To render nice or dainty; hence, to render scrupulous.Obs. "A spiced conscience." Chaucer.
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