pigment

noun
pig·​ment | \ ˈpig-mənt How to pronounce pigment (audio) \

Definition of pigment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a substance that imparts black or white or a color to other materials especially : a powdered substance that is mixed with a liquid in which it is relatively insoluble and used especially to impart color to coating materials (such as paints) or to inks, plastics, and rubber
2 : a coloring matter in animals and plants especially in a cell or tissue also : any of various related colorless substances

pigment

verb
pig·​ment | \ ˈpig-ˌment How to pronounce pigment (audio) , -mənt\
pigmented; pigmenting; pigments

Definition of pigment (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to color with or as if with pigment

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Other Words from pigment

Noun

pigmentary \ ˈpig-​mən-​ˌter-​ē How to pronounce pigmentary (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for pigment

Synonyms: Noun

color, colorant, coloring, dye, dyestuff, stain

Synonyms: Verb

bepaint [archaic], color, dye, paint, stain, tincture, tinge, tint

Antonyms: Verb

decolorize

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Examples of pigment in a Sentence

Noun

Chlorophyll is a group of green pigments. Melanin is a pigment that gives color to skin and fur. Albinos lack normal skin pigment. Pigments are used to give color to paint, ink, and plastic. Red pigment is mixed into the ink.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By dating those carbonate deposits, scientists can figure out a minimum age for the art without having to take samples from the pigment itself. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals were artists and thought symbolically, new studies argue," 22 Feb. 2018 Sometimes the color creases within a couple of hours, migrating around my eyes in sad trickles of shimmery pigment. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Love This Eyeshadow So Much I Almost Don't Want to Tell People About It," 20 Dec. 2018 They were originally painted bright colors, too, and small areas of red pigment can still be detected. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A Conqueror With a Taste for Art," 24 Nov. 2018 Houghton suggests choosing fine-grade pigments in a pale shade like silver or pink and applying only on the eyes (as opposed to the cheekbones). Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Pull Off Festival Girl Makeup Beyond Coachella," 16 Apr. 2019 In my opinion, the holy grail of all color-depositing products is Viral Colorwash, a shampoo that not only extends your hair color’s vibrance, but also adds pigment. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "How I Keep My Temporary Hair Color Fresh to Death," 4 Apr. 2019 Adding pigment back in is also an hours-long process. Glamour, "7 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Going From Blond to Brunette," 30 Mar. 2019 These are paints in which the resins (the glue that holds the pigment particles together and also holds it to the surface) are a form of polyester plastic made from alcohol and acids. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Buy an Old Vise and Bring It Back From the Dead," 3 Jan. 2019 Similarly, when a drop of watercolor paint dries, the pigment particles of color break outward, toward the rim of the drop. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Additional videos showed swatches of the makeup, detailing how pigmented the colors truly are. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Announced Its Summer Collection," 4 May 2019 My Fenty foundation lasts all day and literally makes me look like the goth girl next door, and Juvia’s Place has pigmented blushes and shadows that aren’t chalky and actually show up on my skin tone. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "10 Goths of Color on Their Beauty Routines and the Power of Representation," 22 May 2019 Are your eyeshadows pigmented enough to show up on my skin tone? Jackie Aina, Glamour, "Jackie Aina Is Changing the Beauty Industry, One Product at a Time," 7 Dec. 2018 The metallics are super metallic, and the mattes appear to be just as pigmented as Huda promised. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Huda Beauty Is Relaunching the Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette," 14 May 2018 Fix your eyes on Hung Vanngo's romantic Bordeaux-pigmented shadow, the smokey red treatment at eye-level will relieve you of any lipstick touch ups later on. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Easy and Festive Makeup Ideas To Amp Up Any Holiday Party," 22 Dec. 2018 While Kylie Cosmetics has grown to include dozens of lipsticks, pigmented eyeshadow palettes, and sparkly highlighters, KKW Beauty will focus on a more natural approach to beauty, much like the kind Kardashian West wears on the day-to-day. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian On How KKW Beauty Will Be Different From Kylie Cosmetics," 20 June 2017 Both shades have the same concentrated pigmented formula as the Cloud Paints of yore. Sable Yong, Allure, "Glossier's New Cloud Paint Shades — Storm and Dawn — Make My Golden Skin Look Flushed With Glory," 12 June 2018 Each one has eight shadows and an included highlighter that are silky, pigmented, and buildable. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Shop The MAC Basic Bitch Palette Right Now," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pigment

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pigment

Noun

Middle English, spice, dye, from Latin pigmentum coloring substance, from pingere to paint — more at paint

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The first known use of pigment was in the 14th century

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pigment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pigment

: a natural substance that gives color to animals and plants
: a substance that gives color to something else

pigment

noun
pig·​ment | \ ˈpig-mənt How to pronounce pigment (audio) \

Kids Definition of pigment

1 : a substance that gives color to other materials Red pigment is mixed into the ink.
2 : natural coloring matter in animals and plants

pigment

noun
pig·​ment | \ ˈpig-mənt How to pronounce pigment (audio) \

Medical Definition of pigment

: a coloring matter in animals and plants especially in a cell or tissue also : any of various related colorless substances

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