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

n 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
ground dried berrylike fruit of a West Indian allspice tree; suggesting combined flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves
spice from the dried aromatic bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree; used as rolled strips or ground
spice from dried unopened flower bud of the clove tree; used whole or ground
fennel seeds are ground and used as a spice or as an ingredient of a spice mixture
ginger, powdered ginger
dried ground gingerroot
spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed
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
Type of:
flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoner, seasoning
something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts

n aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative

(Old Testament) one of several sweet-smelling spices used in incense
Type of:
a chemical compound that is added to protect against decay or decomposition

n the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored

spicery, spiciness
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
Type of:
taste property
a property appreciated via the sense of taste

v add herbs or spices to

spice up, zest
add ginger to in order to add flavor
add pepper to
Type of:
flavor, flavour, season
lend flavor to

v make more interesting or flavorful

Spice up the evening by inviting a belly dancer”
spice up
add zest or liveliness to
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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