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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


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

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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 Even the duchess’s toughest critics ought to have some morsel of sympathy for her, given the spotlight that was placed on the couple, which is to say nothing of the sheer lack of privacy within the palace itself. Patrick Mulholland, National Review, "The Making of the Celebrity Monarchy," 29 Aug. 2020 However, the fact that such a large, contiguous morsel of the meal is permanently bulging out of the predator’s stomach may tip the scales. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "This 15-Foot Ichthyosaur Died With a 13-Foot Meal in Its Stomach," 24 Aug. 2020 Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green backed up that version of events in an interview with KLIN on Wednesday and provided a slight morsel of insight about the vote count. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Is Ohio State football coach Ryan Day’s January plan gaining support? Big Ten coronavirus update," 20 Aug. 2020 Steamed in a banana leaf, the morsel takes on the leaf’s sappy scent and sticks to your teeth. Soleil Ho,, "Best new takeout dishes in San Francisco and the Bay Area to try right now," 18 Aug. 2020 Sadly, the Targa is only offered with all-wheel drive, but there's a little morsel of redemption. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4/4S Borders on Spectacle," 11 Aug. 2020 Texas’ premier barbecue cut that guests and family members eat every morsel fresh off the grates. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck Food Shack: 4 ways to use that leftover brisket: salpicón, loaded baked potatoes, grilled cheese and queso," 10 Aug. 2020 The morsel that attracted them was once in human hands. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Squabbling Subway Mice and Other Top Wildlife Photos," 13 Feb. 2020 Occasionally, a morsel of honesty slips from the mouths of our big-league heroes. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Sports are flooding back, but at what cost? Let's enjoy it while it lasts," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The actual act of killing gets morseled out as a tension-creating Big Reveal, fodder for flashforwards and cliffhangers. Darren Franich,, "Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story," 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of morsel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morsel


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

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9 Sep 2020

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“Morsel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of morsel

: a small piece of food


mor·​sel | \ ˈmȯr-səl How to pronounce morsel (audio) \

Kids Definition of morsel

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

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