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noun

1A staff of office, especially that which lies on the table in the House of Commons when the Speaker is in the chair, regarded as a symbol of the authority of the House.
Example sentences
  • The mace symbolises the authority of the speaker of the national assembly and its presence in the chamber indicates an official sitting of parliament.
  • In the melee, the mace that symbolizes the authority of the legislature was carried away and was later found in a lobby used by parliamentarians.
  • He carries the mace in the Speaker's Procession each day and also into the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament.
2 historical A heavy club with a spiked metal head.
Example sentences
  • These weapons, such as clubs, maces, axes, and hammers, are as old as warfare and are certainly the oldest form of weapon wielded by man and his ancestors.
  • He and his troops were well-equipped with glaives, maces, battle axes, and long bows.
  • There were at least eight guards there, holding weapons from maces to swords to lances.
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Origin

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

Words that rhyme with mace

abase, ace, apace, backspace, base, bass, brace, case, chase, dace, efface, embrace, encase, enchase, enlace, face, grace, interlace, interspace, in-your-face, lace, misplace, outface, outpace, pace, place, plaice, race, space, Thrace, trace, upper case

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noun

[mass 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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noun

[mass 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: three individuals were Maced by an unknown male
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  • 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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