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



    BrE BrE//meɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//meɪs//
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  1. 1[countable] a decorative stick, carried as a sign of authority by an official such as a mayor compare sceptre Culture In the British House of Commons the mace is a rod decorated with silver and gold that is kept as symbol of the authority of the Speaker
  2. 2 [countable] a large heavy stick that has a head with metal points on it, used in the past as a weapon
  3. 3 [uncountable] the dried outer covering of nutmegs (= the hard nuts of a tropical tree), used in cooking as a spice See related entries: Herbs and spices
  4. Word Originsenses 1 to 2 Middle English: from Old French masse ‘large hammer’.sense 3 Middle English macis (taken as plural), via Old French from Latin macir.
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