Simple Definition of ingredient
: one of the things that are used to make a food, product, etc.
: a quality or characteristic that makes something possible
Full Definition of ingredient
: something that enters into a compound or is a component part of any combination or mixture : constituent
Examples of ingredient in a sentence
He uses only the finest ingredients in his cooking.
the ingredients of a salad
the ingredients in the soap
Honesty is an essential ingredient of a successful marriage.
The show has all the ingredients needed to attract a large audience.
Origin of ingredient
Middle English, from Latin ingredient-, ingrediens, present participle of ingredi to go into, from in- + gradi to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of ingredient
INGREDIENT Defined for Kids
Definition of ingredient for Students
: one of the substances that make up a mixture
Medical Definition of ingredient
: something that enters into a compound or is a component part of any combination or mixture <formula which will have just about the same ingredients as mother's milk—Morris Fishbein>
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