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  1. something that enters as an element into a mixture: Flour, eggs, and sugar are the main ingredients in the cake.
  2. a constituent element of anything; component: the ingredients of political success.
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Origin of ingredient

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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1. See element.

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Related Words for ingredients

factor, additive, piece, element, fixing, integral, innards, part, fundamental, making, constituent, integrant

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British Dictionary definitions for ingredients


  1. a component of a mixture, compound, etc, esp in cooking
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Word Origin for ingredient

C15: from Latin ingrediēns going into, from ingredī to enter; see ingress
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Word Origin and History for ingredients



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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