ingredient

\ \ [15] The -gredi- of ingredient represents the Latin verb gradīstep, go’ (whose past participial stem gress- has given English aggression, congress, digress, etc). From it was formed ingredīgo in, enter’, whose present participle ingrediēns became English ingredient.
\ \ The word’s etymological meaning is thus ‘that which “enters into” a mixture’. It was originally used mainly with reference to medicines, and its current application to food recipes seems to be a comparatively recent development.
\ \ Cf.AGGRESSION, CONGRESS, GRADE, GRADUAL

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  • ingrédient — [ ɛ̃gredjɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1508; lat. ingrediens, p. prés. de ingredi « entrer dans » ♦ Élément qui entre dans la composition d une préparation ou d un mélange quelconque. Ingrédients d un médicament. ⇒ 2. composant; formule. Réunir les ingrédients d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ingredient — INGREDIENT, ingrediente, s.n. Substanţă care intră ca accesoriu în compoziţia unui medicament, a unui aliment etc., fie pentru a i conferi anumite calităţi, ca material de umplutură într un produs etc.; ingredienţă. [pr.: di ent] – Din fr.… …   Dicționar Român

  • ingredient — UK US /ɪnˈgriːdiənt/ noun [C] ► one of the parts of something that is needed in order for a particular job, business, etc. to succeed: basic/key/main ingredient »Policymakers see capital investment as a key ingredient in an economic recovery.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Ingrédient — de cuisine Un ingrédient de cuisine est une substance, y compris les additifs alimentaires, utilisée dans la fabrication ou la préparation d un aliment et présent dans le produit fini bien que parfois sous une forme modifiée (codex alimentarius… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ingredient — In*gre di*ent, a. Entering as, or forming, an ingredient or component part. [1913 Webster] Acts where no sin is ingredient. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ingredient — INGREDIENT. s. m. Quelque chose que ce soit qui entre dans une sausse, dans une medecine, dans un sirop, &c. Bon, mauvais ingredient. le principal ingredient. il entre bien des ingredients dans cette medecine, dans cette sausse, dans cette… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Ingredient — In*gre di*ent, n. [F. ingr[ e]dient, L. ingrediens, entis, entering into, p. pr. of ingredi, p. p. ingressus, to go into, to enter; pref. in in + gradi to walk, go. See {Grade}.] That which enters into a compound, or is a component part of any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ingredient — ingrediènt m. ingrédient ; élément. voir element …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • ingredient — I noun aspect, component, component part, constituent, constituent part, content, element, essential part, factor, feature, fragment, fundamental part, integral part, member, membrum, pars, part, section, sector, unit, unit of composition, vital… …   Law dictionary

  • ingredient — early 15c., from L. ingredientem (nom. ingrediens) that which enters into (a compound, recipe, etc.), prp. of ingredi go in, enter, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + gradi to step, go (see GRADE (Cf. grade)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ingredient — n constituent, component, *element, factor Analogous words: *item, detail, particular Contrasted words: compound, composite, amalgam, *mixture, admixture, blend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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