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ɪnˈgri di əntin·gre·di·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ingredientnoun

    a component of a mixture or compound

  2. component, constituent, element, factor, ingredientnoun

    an abstract part of something

    "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"

  3. ingredient, fixingsnoun

    food that is a component of a mixture in cooking

    "the recipe lists all the fixings for a salad"


  1. ingredientnoun

    One of the substances present in a mixture.

  2. Etymology: * From ingrediens, present participle of ingredi, "to go or enter into or onto".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ingredientnoun

    Component part of a body, consisting of different materials. It is commonly used of the simples of a medicine.

    Etymology: ingredient, French; ingrediens, Latin.

    The ointment is made of divers ingredients, whereof the hardest to come by is the moss upon the skull of a dead man unburied. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 998.

    So deep the pow'r of these ingredients pierc'd,
    Ev'n to the inmost seat of mental sight,
    That Adam, now enforc'd to shut his eyes,
    Sunk down, and all his spirits became entranc'd. John Milton.

    By this way of analysis we may proceed from compounds to ingredients, and from motions to the forces producing them; and in general, from effects to their causes, and from particular causes to more general ones, till the argument end in the more general. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    I have often wondered, that learning is not thought a proper ingredient in the education of a woman of quality or fortune. Joseph Addison, Guard. №. 155.

    Parts, knowledge, and experience, are excellent ingredients in a publick character. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Water is the chief ingredient in all the animal fluids and solids. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. ingredient

    An ingredient is a component or element that is used in combination with other items to create, make, or prepare something, typically referring to items used in cooking or in the process of manufacturing a product.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ingredientnoun

    that which enters into a compound, or is a component part of any combination or mixture; an element; a constituent

  2. Ingredientadjective

    entering as, or forming, an ingredient or component part

  3. Etymology: [F. ingrdient, L. ingrediens, -entis, entering into, p. pr. of ingredi, p. p. ingressus, to go into, to enter; pref. in- in + gradi to walk, go. See Grade.]


  1. Ingredient

    An ingredient is a substance that forms part of a mixture. For example, in cooking, recipes specify which ingredients are used to prepare a specific dish. Many commercial products contain a secret ingredient that is purported to make them better than competing products. In the pharmaceutical industry, an active ingredient is that part of a formulation that yields the effect required by the customer. National laws usually require prepared food products to display a list of ingredients, and specifically require that certain additives be listed. In most developed countries, the law requires that ingredients be listed according to their relative weight in the product. If an ingredient itself consists of more than one ingredient, then that ingredient is listed by what percentage of the total product it occupies, with its own ingredients displayed next to it in brackets.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ingredient

    in-grē′di-ent, n. that which enters into compound: a component part of anything. [Fr.,—L. ingrediens, -entis, pr.p. of ingrediin, into, gradi, to enter.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ingredient

    A type of food, drink or matter.

    The ingredients for the recipe were sourced locally.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ingredient' in Nouns Frequency: #1983

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingredient in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingredient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of ingredient in a Sentence

  1. Dan Coudreaut:

    If you take (an ingredient) out, what are you giving up?

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

  3. Dr. Seuss:

    I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

  4. Frank Shutts:

    One very important ingredient of success is a good, wide-awake, persistent, tireless enemy.

  5. Carsten Hamann:

    It would be very difficult for even the most caring, intelligent and well-read parent to know the names of 80-plus allergens and their synonyms, let alone compare that list of allergens to a 15-plus long ingredient list on the back of a pediatric product.

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