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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An element in a mixture or compound. See Synonyms at element.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the substances present in a mixture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Entering as, or forming, an ingredient or component part.
  • n. That which enters into a compound, or is a component part of any combination, recipe, or mixture; an element; a constituent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Entering as a component part; constituent.
  • n. A person entering; an incomer.
  • n. That which enters into a compound, or is a component part of a compound or mixture; one of the elements of a combination or composition, as a dish, drink, or medicine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. food that is a component of a mixture in cooking
  • n. a component of a mixture or compound
  • n. an abstract part of something

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin ingrediēns, ingredient-, present participle of ingredī, to enter; see ingress.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ingrediens, present participle of ingredior ("I go or enter into or onto"). (Wiktionary)

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