morsel

noun
mor·​sel | \ ˈmȯr-səl \

Definition of morsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small piece of food : bite
2 : a small quantity : fragment
3a : a tasty dish
b : something delectable and pleasing
4 : a negligible person

morsel

verb
morseled or morselled; morseling or morselling

Definition of morsel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to divide into or distribute in small pieces

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Synonyms for morsel

Synonyms: Noun

bite, mouthful, nibble, nugget, taste, tidbit (also titbit)

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Examples of morsel in a Sentence

Noun

the chef's cuisine is so good that diners will want to savor every morsel searching for any morsel of useful information

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Four Thirties Strategy aims to stand up 30 air squadrons, 30 ships, and 30 battalions in 30 days: that is, 25 days after Russia has swallowed the Baltic republics and morsels of Poland. Mark Helprin, WSJ, "Defining Defense Down," 11 Oct. 2018 Each morsel of excellent Parmesan and black pepper infuses a run-of-the-mill chicken breast with stupendous exquisiteness. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz," 1 Nov. 2014 But if these morsels are missing, jellyfish can eat tiny zooplankton — or even just feed on ooze. Carl Zimmer, The Seattle Times, "In the sea, a big appetite for jellyfish," 26 Oct. 2018 Thread olives and pearl onions on a toothpick with little morsels of prosciutto di Parma for the perfect bite. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 Dumplings and bao buns: the shells are chewy with morsels that are so juicy the drippings might squirt right onto your lap or, worse, other diners a table away. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "One of Seattle’s best dumpling restaurants comes to Bellevue," 16 July 2018 Egypt periodically handed over morsels of evidence that sometimes provided tantalizing leads, but no prosecutions. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Egypt Hands Over Video in Murder Case — Damaged and 2 Years Late," 1 June 2018 That childhood morsel that showed you how happy food can make you? Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "The Cal Red Peach is the Epitome of Summer Sweetness," 10 Aug. 2018 For the last decade or more, the Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea has run on a charming central conceit: the delicious morsels served, whether cakes, cookies, or sandwiches, take their inspiration from the most recent season’s fashions. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of morsel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morsel

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of mors bite, from Latin morsus, from mordēre to bite — more at mordant

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morsel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of morsel

: a small piece of food

morsel

noun
mor·​sel | \ ˈmȯr-səl \

Kids Definition of morsel

: a small amount : a little piece (as of food)

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