gran·​ule ˈgran-(ˌ)yül How to pronounce granule (audio)
: a small particle
especially : one of numerous particles forming a larger unit
: any of the small short-lived brilliant spots on the sun's photosphere

Examples of granule in a Sentence

is there one granule of truth in that statement?
Recent Examples on the Web Fertilize them with time-release granules in late spring and summer. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 27 Oct. 2023 What has been lost in this exercise of rationalism is the Gothic weirdness of the plant’s former guts, the platforms and voids and catwalks that characterized a place designed around inanimate objects and the transformation of a product from goo to granules. Curbed, 27 Sep. 2023 Avoid bouillon cubes and granules which are also quite salty and will worsen the problem. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 19 Sep. 2023 And other possible uses for the granules are being explored, such as using them in mulch, building materials such as stucco and siding, and even components in furniture. CBS News, 6 Sep. 2023 This is the wavelength of light that the pigment granules in the hogfish absorb best. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 23 Aug. 2023 Even in this form, the granules still contain unwanted minerals. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Mechanics, 22 Aug. 2023 However, coffee grinders are made for grinding coffee beans, not rice granules. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 July 2023 Notice the microscopic structure of the granules of sand layered into the acrylic paint. Helmuth Rosales, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Late Latin granulum, diminutive of Latin granum grain

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of granule was in 1652

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Cite this Entry

“Granule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


gran·​ule ˈgran-yü(ə)l How to pronounce granule (audio)
: a small grain or particle
granules of sugar
: a small short-lived bright spot on the sun

Medical Definition


gran·​ule ˈgran-(ˌ)yü(ə)l How to pronounce granule (audio)
: a little grain or small particle
especially : one of a number of particles forming a larger unit
: a small sugar-coated pill
: a clump of actinomycetes in a lesion
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