There are 3 main definitions of mace in English:

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mace1

Syllabification: mace
Pronunciation: /mās
 
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noun

1 historical A heavy club, typically having a metal head and spikes.
Example sentences
  • The charioteers, wearing togas over their body armor, waved baseball bats done up as spiked maces and jumped into carts forged from cast-off vehicle parts.
  • Javion cracked a small smile on his usually emotionless face and pulled out a deadly spiked mace with a ball bigger than a Semi and a handle twice as long as he was tall, but thin enough to fit in his hand.
  • The brown-bearded man spat, stabbing his heavy, sharp mace into the neck and face of the young reaver, scraping skin and drawing blood.
Synonyms
2A ceremonial staff of office.
Example sentences
  • I'd be found in a coma in the midst of some deadly committee meeting about shrinkwrapping kippers and David Steel would have to perform a mercy killing with his ceremonial mace.
  • Cape Town - The proposed official ceremonial mace for the national assembly will be made out of aluminium.
  • While stormy, even on one occasion involving interference with the ceremonial and symbolic mace, the debates were always underlined by maturity, civility and respect!

Origin

Middle English: from Old French masse 'large hammer'.

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mace2

Syllabification: mace
Pronunciation: /mās
 
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noun

The reddish fleshy outer covering of the nutmeg, dried as a spice.
Example sentences
  • Among the spices specified are ginger, nutmeg, mace, cloves, and saffron; caraway seeds seem always to have been included.
  • Before La Varenne, court cuisine had over-emphasized the use of sugar and such sweet spices as cloves, mace, cardamom or nutmeg.
  • Spices such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg are ideal for winter soups and paprika helps provide a rich colour, says Bridget Jones.

Origin

Middle English macis (taken as plural), via Old French from Latin macir.

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Mace3

Syllabification: Mace
Pronunciation: /mās
 
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noun

trademark
An irritant chemical used in an aerosol to disable attackers.
Example sentences
  • But it would be just my luck if the girl of my dreams took a dislike to me, had a big can of Mace and an itchy trigger finger.
  • You can't pull your gun, no Mace - why don't we just arm-wrestle to see if you go to jail?
  • [But] why put deadbolt locks on your doors and stock up on cans of Mace and then decide to leave your windows open?

verb

(also mace) [with object] Back to top  
Spray (someone) with Mace.
Example sentences
  • According to MPD spokesman Ron Reier, officers Maced and handcuffed Doby in an attempt to subdue him.
  • But as officers put him in a cruiser, an audio recording inside the car shows Coleman asking why they maced him.
  • At the police station, Winkler told Siewert that he maced Nelson after Nelson maced him.

Origin

1960s (originally US): probably from mace1.

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