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
  1. noun
    a component of a mixture or compound
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    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
  2. noun
    food that is a component of a mixture in cooking
    synonyms: fixings
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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
    the outer part of the peel of a citrus fruit, used as flavoring
    type of:
    food product, foodstuff
    a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food
  3. noun
    an abstract part of something
    “humor: an effective ingredient of a speech”
    synonyms: 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
    an element, idea, or argument used to create a contrast
    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
    type of:
    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
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