Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

colorant

play
noun col·or·ant \ˈkə-lə-rənt, -lər-ənt\

Definition of colorant

  1. :  a substance used for coloring a material :  dye, pigment



Examples of colorant in a sentence

  1. <in ancient times, a mollusk was used to produce a rich purple colorant for clothing and linens>



1884

First Known Use of colorant

1884


Learn More about colorant


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up colorant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not forbidden by law

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

brumal hiemal estival vernal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ