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 pigment (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 Professional acrylic sets feature a higher concentration of pigment, so the colors are more vivid. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "The best acrylic paint set," 22 Dec. 2020 Among them, Wesley says, are the location of the tattoo, the color and type of pigment, sun exposure, and smoking. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Is Why Your Tattoo Faded So Much," 22 Dec. 2020 Trace amounts of pigment give the sequins a green color, while glass molds lend them a shiny appearance. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, "Growing Sequins and Sneakers in a Lab With Public School and Phillip Lim," 8 Dec. 2020 As for albinism, in which animals are unable to produce any kind of pigment—hence their pink eyes—there are only two records of such cougars, Hunter says: one at a zoo and one wild animal treed by hunters in the western United States. Christine Dell'amore, Animals, "Extremely rare white cougar highlights a quirk of the species," 3 Dec. 2020 The giraffe’s white appearance is not caused by albinism, which involves a lack of melanin pigment. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "World’s Only Known White Giraffe Now Has a GPS Tracker," 27 Nov. 2020 What starts as a worrying dot of pigment becomes a puddle, and then a rivulet, then begins to look, undeniably, like the basin of an overflowing toilet. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Rudy Giuliani's Hair Melted and Twitter Is Mesmerized," 20 Nov. 2020 There is enough melting around the world as a result of this red pigment to make red snow an important factor in global warming and the shrinkage of glaciers. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage woman noticed red snow in her backyard. Here’s a possible cause.," 19 Nov. 2020 The maker of titanium dioxide pigment posted revenue of $458.6 million in the period. Dallas News, "Earnings tracker: Cinemark, Core-Mark, HollyFrontier, RealPage, AMN Healthcare among companies reporting," 6 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those extra pathways can pigment terms, weaponize musical notes, or even ruin a first date with a rather putrid-tasting name. Marion Renault, Popular Science, "Why some people hear colors and taste words," 27 Dec. 2020 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

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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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30 Dec 2020

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“Pigment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigment. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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