Condiment vs. Spice - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Condiment and Spice is that the Condiment is a substance added to food to enhance its flavor and Spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetable substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food.

Wikipedia

  • Condiment

    A condiment or table sauce is a spice, sauce, or preparation (such as onions) that is added to food to impart a specific flavor, to enhance the flavor, or, in some cultures, to complement the dish. The term originally described pickled or preserved foods, but its meaning has changed over time.Many condiments, such as mustard or ketchup, are available in single-serving packets, commonly when supplied with take-out or fast-food meals. The diner usually applies them, but they are sometimes added prior to serving, for example, in a sandwich made with ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise. Some condiments are used during cooking to add flavor or texture; barbecue sauce, compound butter, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, and marmite and sour cream are examples. The term condiment comes from the Latin condimentum, meaning "spice, seasoning, sauce" and from the Latin condere, meaning "preserve, pickle, season".

  • Spice

    A spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, or other plant substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are the leaves, flowers, or stems of plants used for flavoring or as a garnish. Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why spices are more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious diseases, and why the use of spices is prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling. Spices are sometimes used in medicine, religious rituals, cosmetics or perfume production.

Wiktionary

  • Condiment (noun)

    Something used to enhance the flavor of food; for example, salt or pepper.

  • Condiment (verb)

    To season with condiments.

  • Condiment (verb)

    To pickle.

  • Spice (noun)

    Aromatic or pungent plant matter (usually dried) used to season or flavour food.

  • Spice (noun)

    Appeal, interest; an attribute that makes something appealing, interesting, or engaging.

  • Spice (noun)

    A synthetic cannabinoid drug.

  • Spice (noun)

    Sweets, candy.

  • Spice (noun)

    Species; kind.

  • Spice (noun)

    A characteristic touch or taste; smack; flavour.

  • Spice (noun)

    An aromatic odour.

  • Spice (noun)

    plural of spouse

  • Spice (verb)

    To add spice or spices to; season.

  • Spice (verb)

    To spice up.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Spice (noun)

    an aromatic or pungent vegetable substance used to flavour food, e.g. cloves, pepper, or cumin

    "the cake is packed with spices"

    "sift together flour, baking powder, and mixed spice"

  • Spice (noun)

    an element providing interest and excitement

    "healthy rivalry adds spice to the game"

  • Spice (noun)

    a russet or ginger colour.

  • Spice (noun)

    sweets; confectionery.

  • Spice (noun)

    a type of synthetic cannabis

    "he was smoking spice to cope with his anxiety"

  • Spice (verb)

    flavour with spice

    "turbot with a spiced sauce"

  • Spice (verb)

    make more interesting or exciting

    "she was probably adding details to spice up the story"

Webster Dictionary

  • Condiment (noun)

    Something used to give relish to food, and to gratify the taste; a pungment and appetizing substance, as pepper or mustard; seasoning.

  • Spice (noun)

    Species; kind.

  • Spice (noun)

    A vegetable production of many kinds, fragrant or aromatic and pungent to the taste, as pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, ginger, cloves, etc., which are used in cookery and to flavor sauces, pickles, etc.

  • Spice (noun)

    Figuratively, that which enriches or alters the quality of a thing in a small degree, as spice alters the taste of food; that which gives zest or pungency; a slight flavoring; a relish; hence, a small quantity or admixture; a sprinkling; as, a spice of mischief.

  • Spice

    To season with spice, or as with spice; to mix aromatic or pungent substances with; to flavor; to season; as, to spice wine; to spice one's words with wit.

  • Spice

    To fill or impregnate with the odor of spices.

  • Spice

    To render nice or dainty; hence, to render scrupulous.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Condiment (noun)

    a preparation (a sauce or relish or spice) to enhance flavor or enjoyment;

    "mustard and ketchup are condiments"

  • Spice (noun)

    aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative

  • Spice (noun)

    any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food

  • Spice (noun)

    the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored

  • Spice (verb)

    make more interesting or flavorful;

    "Spice up the evening by inviting a belly dancer"

  • Spice (verb)

    add herbs or spices to

Popular Comparisons
Recently Compared
18 minutes ago
6 hours ago
8 hours ago
10 hours ago
12 hours ago
14 hours ago