col·​or·​ant ˈkə-lə-rənt How to pronounce colorant (audio)
: a substance used for coloring a material : dye, pigment

Example Sentences

in ancient times, a mollusk was used to produce a rich purple colorant for clothing and linens
Recent Examples on the Web The process is simple: apply Vaseline around the brows (to protect skin and prevent color bleed), brush on the colorant, then the activator, and blot away excess. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 8 Nov. 2022 Prior to World War II, uranium was often added to glass and ceramic glazes as a colorant, but after the conflict broke out, the heavy metal became critical to the war effort. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Mar. 2022 Now the time has come to shed some light on the other end of the practical paint spectrum: a new colorant described as the whitest white. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 21 May 2021 Children have been doing this for decades, but researchers have struggled to turn this or similar natural blues into a stable and abundant colorant—one that could be used to naturally dye your favorite candies, sodas, or ice creams. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, 9 Apr. 2021 Non-organic turmeric may include colorants to keep it yellow, so be sure to use an organic variety (like BareOrganics Raw Organic Turmeric Root Powder) to decrease the chance of staining. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Oct. 2019 Using a temporary colorant (or trusting a pro) is your safest bet. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, 15 Oct. 2018 The products are made from natural ingredients and natural colorants with over 125 scents in their collection. Brittney Oliver, Essence, 9 Sep. 2019 This lotion is infused with olive oil and rosemary, and is free of fragrances, sulfates, colorants and harsh chemicals. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, 5 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of colorant was in 1800

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“Colorant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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