Definition of "pigment" []

  • A substance used as coloring. (noun)
  • Dry coloring matter, usually an insoluble powder, to be mixed with water, oil, or another base to produce paint and similar products. (noun)
  • A substance, such as chlorophyll or melanin, that produces a characteristic color in plant or animal tissue. (noun)
  • To color with pigment. (verb-transitive)
  • A substance occurring in plant or animal tissue and producing a characteristic colour, such as chlorophyll in green plants and haemoglobin in red blood (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any substance used to impart colour (noun)
  • A powder that is mixed with a liquid to give a paint, ink, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "pigment" in a sentence
  • "My guess is the cop was driving through the n'hood and saw a guy with too much skin pigment for that area, and overreacted."
  • "Vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder characterized by loss of skin pigment, has left much of his face and hands pale."
  • "Fuzzy, varying skin pigment absorbs light of varyin degree."