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

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
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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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13 May 2021

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“Morsel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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