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

Definition of pigment

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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


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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for pigment

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Like all regular users of the pigment, Ma Tin Hla ascribed powers to thanaka that extend far beyond simply prettying a face. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "In Myanmar, everyone swears by this natural skin cosmetic," 2 Sep. 2020 But no matter: Now isn’t the time for eye-popping pigment and major payoff, Blandino says. Erika Stalder, refinery29.com, "Goodbye “Instagram Face” — Natural Beauty Is Making A Comeback," 21 Aug. 2020 While the pigment hides dark circles on the surface of your skin, these ingredients work beneath it to restore firmness, elasticity, or hydration. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best under-eye concealer," 8 Aug. 2020 If your brows are light and sparse, the colors add pigment and depth, while the clear simply locks the hair into place. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "8 ways to make your eyes look amazing while wearing a face mask," 4 Aug. 2020 His Blue Period work La Soupe (1902), for instance, features at least 13 distinctive coats of pigment. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Abandoned Artwork Discovered Beneath Pablo Picasso Painting," 23 July 2020 This liquid lip lacquer is a full-coverage pop of color with a ton of pigment and shine (a tough combo to master gracefully). Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "All Stila Cosmetics, including our favorite liquid eyeliner, are 20% off right now," 20 Aug. 2020 The flat part of the brush is designed to load up your lashes with just the right amount of pigment with one swipe. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Charlotte Tilbury’s New Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Is My New Favorite Everyday Mascara," 19 Aug. 2020 That’s important, because macular pigment acts like internal sunglasses to protect the eyes, and low or decreased MPOD is a risk factor for AMD. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "6 Health Benefits of Spinach, According to a Nutritionist," 18 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Last year, UOMA Beauty came out the gate with inclusive foundation shades, literal Badass lipsticks, highly pigmented eyeshadows for darker skin tones, game-changing concealers, and more. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "Patrick Starrr and Jackie Aina Star in UOMA Beauty’s Carnival Collection," 27 Feb. 2020 This under eye treatment is actually pigmented to act as a light concealer for those who may want extra coverage or who want to go makeup-free. Popular Science, "Eye creams that target dark circles, fine lines, and dull skin," 3 Nov. 2019 Good Dye Young Poser Paste ($18) is a waxy styling pomade that's incredibly pigmented and has a pleasant citrus smell. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "How to Dye Your Hair at Home," 2 May 2020 It's highly pigmented and covers both spots and under eyes equally well. Glamour, "This $24 BareMinerals Concealer Replaced My Favorite $70 One," 20 Mar. 2019 On top of that, the lipstick is also surprisingly pigmented. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Tarte Color Splash Lipstick Lets You Have Matte, But Moisturized, Lips All Winter Long," 1 Nov. 2019 Upon application to the cheeks, it was highly pigmented and a bit unnatural, but after a few moments, the color seemingly seeped into my skin, blending perfectly under a layer of powdered foundation. Teen Vogue, "Five Teen Vogue Editors Tried Milk Makeup’s New Glow Oil — Here’s What We Thought," 17 May 2019 Judging by the very first pictures of the collection, the lipsticks, which have been in the pipeline for two years, look brilliantly pigmented. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "Hermès Just Launched The Most Instagrammable Lipsticks Ever," 21 Jan. 2020 The heavily pigmented, glittery and metallic shades found within the palettes aptly named Galactic Gold, Dark Galaxy Palette and Mothership IV Decadance, McGrath exclusively revealed to Bristish Vogue. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "Pat McGrath Announced a New “Star Wars” Makeup Collection to Celebrate "The Rise of Skywalker"," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pigment


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pigment


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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13 Sep 2020

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“Pigment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigment. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce pigment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pigment

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


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


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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