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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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 Gutierrez loves the Fenty Longwear eye pencils for their bright pigment and creamy texture. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, 29 Dec. 2021 Then, Wood uses a specialty makeup remover to loosen the paint and pigment from her skin. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 Losing access to a pigment is like losing a means of seeing. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 But in the lab, Shortland and colleagues reproduced a chemical reaction that Late Bronze Age craftspeople may have used to create a compatible pigment. Carolyn Wilke, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 Piebald squirrels have a genetic condition that results in a lack of melanin, a natural pigment. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 16 Nov. 2021 Often using a natural tone without any ash in it will reveal enough of your warm underlying pigment. Elizabeth Loga, Glamour, 28 July 2021 The thumb, middle, and pinky fingers featured a burgundy French tip lined with a glittery gold pigment right where the nude and burgundy colors meet. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 1 Dec. 2021 Because the art is a fresco, applied to the wall itself with paint pigment absorbed into plaster, they could not be peeled off and rolled up as with flat wall murals. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 2 May 2020 It's highly pigmented and covers both spots and under eyes equally well. Glamour, 20 Mar. 2019 On top of that, the lipstick is also surprisingly pigmented. Devon Abelman, Allure, 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, 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, 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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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

Other Words from pigment

pigmentation \ ˌpig-​mən-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce pigment (audio) \ 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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