Ingredient definition

ĭn-grēdē-ənt
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Any of the things that a mixture is made of.
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An element or component of something.

The ingredients in shampoo; the ingredients that made the scandal.

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The definition of an ingredient is a component or necessary part of something.

When a recipe calls for eggs, this is an example of when eggs are an ingredient in the recipe.

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One of the substances present in a mixture.
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An edible substance that is used in making a dish or other food.
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A component part, or constituent, of anything.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ingredient
Plural:
ingredients

Origin of ingredient

  • Middle English from Latin ingrediēns ingredient- present participle of ingredī to enter ingress

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French ingredient, from Latin ingrediens, present participle of ingredior (“I go or enter into or onto”).

    From Wiktionary