colorant

noun
col·or·ant | \ˈkə-lə-rənt, -lər-ənt\

Definition of colorant 

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

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Synonyms for colorant

Synonyms

color, coloring, dye, dyestuff, pigment, stain

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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

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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 Besides being a colorant, charcoal has a reputation as a detox remedy, though that use might not hold up to scrutiny. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delight your guests with a trendy, tasty winter meal," 20 Jan. 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 The bath bomb starts to break apart as this happens, releasing with it the colorants, fragrances, and skin-conditioning ingredients, like salts and oils. Jenna Rosenstein, Allure, "Are Bath Bombs Actually Good for Your Skin?," 10 Sep. 2017 For example, coloring foods goes back at least 3,500 years, when ancient Egyptians added wine and other colorants to candy to increase its visual appeal. Sylvia Morrow, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Color," 6 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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