col·​or·​ant | \ ˈkə-lə-rənt How to pronounce colorant (audio) , -lər-ənt \

Definition of colorant

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

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Examples of colorant in a Sentence

in ancient times, a mollusk was used to produce a rich purple colorant for clothing and linens
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Some colorants are completely unfit for injecting into your skin. Jessica Toscano, SELF, 9 Nov. 2018 Some brands also add sweeteners, colorants, or even glycerin, but at face value, bitters are a pretty basic concoction. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of colorant

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colorant

color entry 2 + -ant entry 1

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“Colorant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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