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

Humans have been dyeing hair since the Ancient Egyptian era, but natural dyes like henna and chemical goop like Clairol’s game-changing 1950s home formulas have mostly focused on covering up rather than accentuating hair that’s lost its pigment. Rory Satran, WSJ, "The Hottest Hair Color of the Moment is...Gray," 17 Jan. 2019 Which is where this 30-minute procedure that tackles pigment, pores, redness, and sagging skin comes in. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Reverse Sun Damage, According to Dermatologists," 16 Jan. 2019 In addition to tinting this delicious side dish a beautiful magenta, the beets in this recipe contain betalains pigments, which help lower inflammation. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Swiss Chard and Beets," 7 Jan. 2019 The tan eraser spray contains a dose of glycolic acid to dissolve the tanning pigments, along with moisturizing coconut and avocado oils to counteract any irritation. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "This Woman's Self-Tanner Fail Left Her Foot Orange," 17 Oct. 2018 Lobster coloring is all thanks to a pigment called astaxanthin. Robinson Russell, National Geographic, "Why This Rare Lobster Is Colored Like Blue Cotton Candy," 19 June 2018 The lightweight green-to-beige pigments blend into the skin seamlessly—and simultaneously provide enough coverage to hide any seasonal flare-ups. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Say Goodbye to Winter Redness With These 6 CC Creams," 16 Jan. 2019 For instance, in 2009, conservationists at the British museum found traces on several Parthenon figures of Egyptian blue, one of the earliest known pigments, using techniques like infrared luminescence to examine the sculptures. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Those painted sculptures in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey are true to history," 23 Oct. 2018 But this research shows that, in fact, the pigment does participate in energy conversion, and lets the organism pull energy from longer wavelengths than ever observed. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "Weird Low-Light Bacteria Could Potentially Thrive on Mars," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 According to the brand's website, Lash Liner fixes that problem with a hybrid fluid-gel formula that's designed to stay pigmented from morning until night. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kat Von D Is Adding Three New Formulas to Her Trooper Tattoo Liner Range," 10 July 2018 It's pigmented, beautifully blendable, and perfected my skin in a way that no other concealer had before it. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "I Tried ColourPop's No Filter Foundation, and It Lasted Through an Entire Night Out," 27 June 2018

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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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