Pronunciation: (spīs), [key]
—n., v., spiced, spic•ing.
1. any of a class of pungent or aromatic substances of vegetable origin, as pepper, cinnamon, or cloves, used as seasoning, preservatives, etc.
2. such substances collectively or as material: Cookies without spice can be tasteless.
3. a spicy or aromatic odor or fragrance.
4. something that gives zest: a spice of humor in his solemnity.
5. a piquant, interesting element or quality; zest; piquancy: The anecdotes lent spice to her talk.
6. Archaic.a small quantity of something; trace; bit.
1. to prepare or season with a spice or spices.
2. to give zest, piquancy, or interest to by something added.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.