An ingredient is one part of a mixture. For example, if you're making chocolate chip cookies, flour is just one ingredient you'll need.

Ingredient comes from the Latin word ingredientem, meaning "that which enters into." It's not just for cookies. If you're in the lab mixing a chemical compound, you carefully add one ingredient after the next and record the results (and hope nothing blows up). It's also an element or factor of something, such as how that song you wrote has all the ingredients to be a sure-fire hit! Remember that it ends in -ent, since often what you Eat has ingrediEnts.

Definitions of ingredient

n a component of a mixture or compound

admixture, intermixture
an additional ingredient that is added by mixing with the base
the principal ingredient of a mixture
Type of:
component, constituent, element
an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system

n food that is a component of a mixture in cooking

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flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoner, seasoning
something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
tomato paste
thick concentrated tomato puree
albumen, egg white, ovalbumin, white
the white part of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance surrounding the yolk consisting mainly of albumin dissolved in water
egg yolk, yolk
the yellow spherical part of an egg that is surrounded by the albumen
malted milk
powder made of dried milk and malted cereals
cola extract
a flavoring extracted from the kola nut
anchovy paste
paste made primarily of anchovies; used in sauces and spreads
bouillon cube
a cube of evaporated seasoned meat extract
a preparation (a sauce or relish or spice) to enhance flavor or enjoyment
aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food
peppermint oil
oil from the peppermint plant used as flavoring
spearmint oil
an aromatic oil obtained from the spearmint plant
lemon oil
fragrant yellow oil obtained from the lemon peel
oil of wintergreen, wintergreen oil
oil or flavoring obtained from the creeping wintergreen or teaberry plant
common salt, salt, table salt
white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food
celery salt
ground celery seed and salt
garlic salt
ground dried garlic and salt
onion salt
ground dried onion and salt
seasoned salt
combination of salt and vegetable extracts and spices and monosodium glutamate
sour salt
crystals of citric acid used as seasoning
ginger, gingerroot
pungent rhizome of the common ginger plant; used fresh as a seasoning especially in Asian cookery
pepper, peppercorn
pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground
dried root bark of the sassafras tree
coriander, coriander seed
dried coriander seeds used whole or ground
fennel seed
aromatic anis-scented seeds
fenugreek, fenugreek seed
aromatic seeds used as seasoning especially in curry
ail, garlic
aromatic bulb used as seasoning
garlic chive
large flat leaves used as chive is used
mustard seed
black or white seeds ground to make mustard pastes or powders
flowers and seeds and leaves all used as flavorings
ground dried rhizome of the turmeric plant used as seasoning
cardamom, cardamon, cardamum
aromatic seeds used as seasoning like cinnamon and cloves especially in pickles and barbecue sauces
cayenne, cayenne pepper, red pepper
ground pods and seeds of pungent red peppers of the genus Capsicum
chili powder
powder made of ground chili peppers mixed with e.g. cumin and garlic and oregano
curry powder
pungent blend of cumin and ground coriander seed and turmeric and other spices
a mild powdered seasoning made from dried pimientos
candied stalks of the angelica plant
almond extract
flavoring made from almonds macerated in alcohol
anise, anise seed, aniseed
liquorice-flavored seeds, used medicinally and in cooking and liquors
juniper berries
berrylike cone of a common juniper; used in making gin
dried pungent stigmas of the Old World saffron crocus
benniseed, sesame seed
small oval seeds of the sesame plant
caraway seed
aromatic seeds of the caraway plant; used widely as seasoning
poppy seed
small grey seed of a poppy flower; used whole or ground in baked items
dill seed
seed of the dill plant used as seasoning
celery seed
seed of the celery plant used as seasoning
lemon extract
a flavoring made from (or imitating) lemons
MSG, monosodium glutamate
white crystalline compound used as a food additive to enhance flavor; often used in Chinese cooking
vanilla bean
long bean-like fruit; seeds are used as flavoring
vanilla, vanilla extract
a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans)
sweetener, sweetening
something added to foods to make them taste sweeter
a flavoring made from coffee mixed with chocolate
a flavoring made by boiling down the juice of the bitter cassava; used in West Indian cooking
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food product, foodstuff
a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food

n an abstract part of something

“humor: an effective ingredient of a speech”
component, constituent, element, factor
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be all and end all, be-all and end-all
the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim
plot element
a component or element of the plot of a story
a geometric element that has position but no extension
MacGuffin, McGuffin
(film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot
attracter, attractor
(physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system
intersection, intersection point, point of intersection
a point where lines intersect
the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
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division, part, section
one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

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