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morsel

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noun mor·sel \ˈmȯr-səl\

Definition of morsel

  1. 1 :  a small piece of food :  bite

  2. 2 :  a small quantity :  fragment

  3. 3a :  a tasty dishb :  something delectable and pleasing

  4. 4 :  a negligible person

Examples of morsel in a Sentence

  1. the chef's cuisine is so good that diners will want to savor every morsel

  2. searching for any morsel of useful information

Origin and Etymology of morsel

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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morsel

verb mor·sel

Definition of morsel

morseled

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morselled

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morseling

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morselling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to divide into or distribute in small pieces

1598

First Known Use of morsel

1598


MORSEL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of morsel for English Language Learners

  • : a small piece of food


MORSEL Defined for Kids

morsel

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noun mor·sel \ˈmȯr-səl\

Definition of morsel for Students

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



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