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noun in·gre·di·ent \in-ˈgrē-dē-ənt\

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

  1. :  something that enters into a compound or is a component part of any combination or mixture :  constituent

ingredient adjective

Examples of ingredient

  1. He uses only the finest ingredients in his cooking.

  2. the ingredients of a salad

  3. the ingredients in the soap

  4. Honesty is an essential ingredient of a successful marriage.

  5. 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

element, component, constituent, ingredient mean one of the parts of a compound or complex whole. element applies to any such part and often connotes irreducible simplicity <the basic elements of geometry>. component and constituent may designate any of the substances (whether elements or compounds) or the qualities that enter into the makeup of a complex product; component stresses its separate entity or distinguishable character <the components of a stereo system>. constituent stresses its essential and formative character <the constituents of a chemical compound>. ingredient applies to any of the substances which when combined form a particular mixture <the ingredients of a cocktail>.

Rhymes with ingredient

Medical Dictionary


noun in·gre·di·ent \in-ˈgrēd-ē-ənt\

Medical Definition of ingredient

  1. :  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>

  2. ingredient adjective

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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