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Definition of spice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] one of the various types of powders or seeds 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
  2. 2[uncountable] extra interest or excitement We need an exciting trip to add some spice to our lives.
  3. Idioms
    variety is the spice of life (saying)
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    new and exciting experiences make life more interesting
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spice