Etymology 1 edit
- (countable, uncountable) Aromatic or pungent plant matter (usually dried) used to season or flavour food.
- (uncountable) The quality of being spicy.
- Synonym: spiciness
- What spice level do you want for your pad thai? I recommend mild.
- (figurative, uncountable) Appeal, interest; an attribute that makes something appealing, interesting, or engaging.
- 1979 April 28, Allen Young, “The Joy of Gay Lit”, in Gay Community News, page 20:
- A 18-year-old high school student who thinks she has it more together than her fellow students and who looks to both Leslie and Bernie to provide friendship and spice in her life.
- (uncountable) A synthetic cannabinoid drug.
- (uncountable, Yorkshire) Sweets, candy.
- (obsolete) Species; kind.
- A characteristic touch or taste; smack; flavour.
- An aromatic odour.
- See also Thesaurus:seasoning
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Etymology 2 edit
Formed by analogy with lice and mice as the plurals of louse and mouse. First attested use Christopher Morley in “Morley's Magnum” (1935). Made popular by Robert A. Heinlein in Time Enough for Love (1973).
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spice (plural spices)
- spices (powders used to flavour meals or dishes):
- Spices as used as scents or to enhance the smell of something.
- Spices as used in medicinal preparations; by extension, medicine in general.
- Spices as used in alchemical preparations.
- A variety, sort, or kind of something:
- A distinct kind of creature; a species.
- A type of disease or affliction.
- A type of sinful behaviour or action; an action or behaviour in general.
- A part, especially of a discipline or line of study.
- A seeming or presence; the way something looks from the outside:
- A meal (usually sweet) incorporating spices.
- A plant which spices are made from.
- (rare) A complimentary appellation.