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

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 Many also contain fragrances as well as dyes and colorants to make your clothes appear whiter and brighter. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 12 May 2024 Though Red 3, like most artificial colorants, has no functional purpose, our brains are hardwired to prefer red foods. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 9 Feb. 2024 This supplement is gluten-free, dairy and soy-free, non-GMO, and free of colorants and synthetic fillers. Casey Seiden, Parents, 26 Feb. 2024 One of the colorants, red 40 lake, is generally considered safe to use, although research on its consumption during pregnancy is limited. Casey Seiden, Parents, 26 Feb. 2024 When the colorant was first approved for use in food in 1907, there was little research on its effects. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 9 Feb. 2024 Reproducing this colorant in the lab could pave the way for new methods of creating pigments. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 8 Feb. 2024 The shampoo also utilizes 100 percent natural colorants and is enriched with Alpha Keratin 60ku® protein to strengthen and repair strands. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 This particular bag of candy comes from the European Union — a place that already bans a number of chemical additives and colorants. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 10 Oct. 2023

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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 18 Jun. 2024.

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