Definition of pigment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪɡmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪɡmənt//
    [uncountable, countable] Art equipment
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  1. 1a substance that exists naturally in people, animals and plants and gives their skin, leaves, etc. a particular colour Haemoglobin is the red pigment found in blood.
  2. 2a coloured powder that is mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc. The wool is coloured using only natural pigment dyes. See related entries: Art equipment
  3. Word OriginMiddle English, from Latin pigmentum, from pingere ‘to paint’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pigment