Definition of spice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//spaɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spaɪs//
    Herbs and spices
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] one of the various types of powder or seed that come from plants and are used in cooking. Spices have a strong taste and smell common spices such as ginger and cinnamon a spice jar See related entries: Herbs and spices
  2. 2[uncountable] extra interest or excitement We need an exciting trip to add some spice to our lives. The danger added spice to their romance.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old French espice, from Latin species ‘sort, kind’, in late Latin ‘wares’.Idioms
    variety is the spice of life
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    (saying) new and exciting experiences make life more interesting
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spice