colorant

noun
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 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, "How to Make Your Own Turmeric and Honey Face Mask," 4 Oct. 2019 Using a temporary colorant (or trusting a pro) is your safest bet. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "How Young Is Too Young to Dye Your Kid's Hair?," 15 Oct. 2018 The products are made from natural ingredients and natural colorants with over 125 scents in their collection. Brittney Oliver, Essence, "Black City Guide: 72 Hours in Memphis," 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, "Dollars and Pets: Paw, nose and ear protection," 5 Sep. 2019 Some colorants are completely unfit for injecting into your skin. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "9 Smart Questions to Ask Before Getting a Tattoo," 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, "Everything You Need to Know About Bitters," 31 Oct. 2017 Some brands also add sweeteners, colorants, or even glycerin, but at face value, bitters are a pretty basic concoction. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Bitters," 31 Oct. 2017 Some brands also add sweeteners, colorants, or even glycerin, but at face value, bitters are a pretty basic concoction. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Bitters," 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colorant. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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