Meaning of “spice” in the English Dictionary

"spice" in British English

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uk /spaɪs/ us /spaɪs/

spice noun (FOOD)

B1 [ C or U ] a substance made from a plant, used to give a special flavour to food:

Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are all spices.
Spices are widely used in South Asian cooking.

More examples

  • Make sure the spices are finely ground.
  • A large range of herbs and spices are used in Indian cookery.
  • Liven up your meals with fresh herbs and spices.
  • Use a pestle and mortar to crush the spices.
  • You'll get more flavour from the spices if you grind them into a powder.

spice noun (DRUG)

[ U ] slang an artificial drug that has similar effects to those produced by the illegal drug cannabis

spiceverb [ T ]

uk /spaɪs/ us /spaɪs/

(Definition of “spice” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spice" in American English

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spicenoun [ C/U ]

us /spɑɪs/

a flavoring for food made from part of a plant, such as its fruit, seeds, or root, usually dried and often made into a powder:

[ C ] Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are all spices.
[ U ] This curry needs a little more spice.

Spice can also mean excitement or interest:

[ U ] "Variety is the spice of life" is a common expression.

(Definition of “spice” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)