spice

You can spice up your meal with chili powder — or you can spice up your room with a disco ball! Spice is usually a flavoring for food, but you can add spice to other things by jazzing them up.

Spices make your food more interesting and flavorful. Something that increases the excitement in other parts of life can also be called spice, like when the rivalry between two basketball players adds spice to the game. You can spice things up when you're telling a story by adding colorful details.

Definitions of spice
  1. noun
    any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food
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    five spice powder
    Chinese seasoning made by grinding star anise and fennel and pepper and cloves and cinnamon
    allspice
    ground dried berrylike fruit of a West Indian allspice tree; suggesting combined flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves
    cinnamon
    spice from the dried aromatic bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree; used as rolled strips or ground
    clove
    spice from dried unopened flower bud of the clove tree; used whole or ground
    fennel
    fennel seeds are ground and used as a spice or as an ingredient of a spice mixture
    ginger, powdered ginger
    dried ground gingerroot
    mace
    spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed
    nutmeg
    hard aromatic seed of the nutmeg tree used as spice when grated or ground
    Chinese anise, star anise, star aniseed
    anise-scented star-shaped fruit or seed used in Asian cooking and medicine
    stick cinnamon
    dried rolled strips of cinnamon bark
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    flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoner, seasoning
    something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
  2. noun
    aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative
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    stacte
    (Old Testament) one of several sweet-smelling spices used in incense
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    preservative
    a chemical compound that is added to protect against decay or decomposition
  3. noun
    the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
    synonyms: spicery, spiciness
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    bite, pungency, raciness, sharpness
    a strong odor or taste property
    nip, piquance, piquancy, piquantness, tang, tanginess, zest
    a tart spicy quality
    hotness, pepperiness
    a hot spiciness
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    taste property
    a property appreciated via the sense of taste
  4. verb
    add herbs or spices to
    synonyms: spice up, zest
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    ginger
    add ginger to in order to add flavor
    pepper
    add pepper to
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    flavor, flavour, season
    lend flavor to
  5. verb
    make more interesting or flavorful
    synonyms: spice up
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    salt
    add zest or liveliness to
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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