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[in-gree-dee-uh nt] /ɪnˈgri di ənt/
something that enters as an element into a mixture:
Flour, eggs, and sugar are the main ingredients in the cake.
a constituent element of anything; component:
the ingredients of political success.
Origin of ingredient
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin ingredient- (stem of ingrediēns), present participle of ingredī to go or step into, commence, equivalent to in- in-2 + -gredient- going; see gradient
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  • In the case of doughnuts, this material is supplied as an ingredient.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • It was none of these; though perhaps each entered into it as an ingredient.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • While also it may be perceived that the author has brought into his story an ingredient of rhetoric.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • This pretty story did not mitigate the notoriety which was an ingredient of her pain.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Every inordinate cup is unbless'd, and the ingredient is a devil.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for ingredient


a component of a mixture, compound, etc, esp in cooking
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ingrediēns going into, from ingredī to enter; see ingress
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Word Origin and History for ingredient

early 15c., from Latin ingredientem (nominative ingrediens) "that which enters into" (a compound, recipe, etc.), present participle of ingredi "go in, enter," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gradi "to step, go" (see grade).

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