Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An edible substance that is used in making a dish or other food.
  • noun An element or component of something: synonym: element.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Entering as a component part; constituent.
  • noun A person entering; an incomer.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One of the substances present in a mixture.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin ingrediēns, ingredient-, present participle of ingredī, to enter; see ingress.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ingrediens, present participle of ingredior ("I go or enter into or onto").

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