- 1An aromatic or pungent vegetable substance used to flavour food, e.g. cloves, pepper, or cumin: the cake is packed with spices [mass noun]: sift together flour, baking powder, and mixed spiceMore example sentences
- Nutmeg, pepper, caraway seeds, ground ginger and the curry spices of cumin and coriander are also worth considering.
- There is no part of the world that is not home to a variety of spices; cumin, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, nigella, sesame, anise, the list is endless.
- For this, mustard seeds and fresh green chillies are imperative, and the warming spices of cumin, coriander, and turmeric are standard.
- 1.1 [mass noun] An element providing interest and excitement: healthy rivalry adds spice to the gameMore example sentences
- The police officer is an interesting character and adds spice to the investigations.
- Believe me, the usage of missiles and countermeasures adds a lot of spice to the game.
- There are some variants that we have found add more spice / interest.
- 2 [mass noun] A russet or ginger colour.More example sentences
- Replace summer shimmery pink and peaches with creamier, more satiny lip finishes - with a hint of shine-in soft shades of spice, bronze and taupe.
verb[with object] (often as adjective spiced) Back to top
- 1Flavour with spice: turbot with a spiced sauceMore example sentences
- Many are spiced, or flavoured with lemon zest, and further embellished with nuts and dried or candied fruit.
- However, the curry was rich and flavourful, pungently spiced, with the medium heat level towards the upper reaches of my spice tolerance.
- I recommend spiced apricot sauce to serve with chicken.
- 1.1Make more interesting or exciting: she was probably adding details to spice up the storyMore example sentences
- While Jack uses the sale to clear end of line stock etc, there are always a lot of interesting items from regular stock to spice up the event.
- This particular tabloid saw fit to urge readers to spice up their Sunday by studying something other than football and racing form; naked exploitation in the most explicit manner.
- Sexy jazz vocals spice up transitions from one fantasy to the next tryst, and sometimes the characters mouth the words, fantasizing that they're singers, to great effect.
Middle English: shortening of Old French espice, from Latin species 'sort, kind', in late Latin 'wares'.