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

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

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Examples of morsel in a Sentence


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 final preseason game will give Flores and the Dolphins another morsel of insight to which quarterback will give the team its best chance this season. Safid Deen,, "Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles mightily vs. Jaguars, forcing Brian Flores to re-evaluate Dolphins’ starting quarterback job," 23 Aug. 2019 In and amongst all that will come two morsels of particular interest to pops aficionados and Cleveland historians. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra has much to celebrate at 2019 ‘Star-Spangled Spectacular’," 30 July 2019 In the midst of their third consecutive losing season, the Giants have sometimes found ways to sprinkle little morsels of hope for fans in search of good news. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants shut down by rookie making unlikely MLB debut, fall 12 games under .500," 27 June 2019 The star of the dish are candied bacon-wrapped kielbasa morsels., "Birmingham City Bite: Front Porch’s Candied Bacon Bombs," 25 June 2019 The development allows us to provide a morsel of clarity and context. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: New transfer policy, Aaron Rodgers’ big gift, odds for the football title, revised top-25 and loads more," 13 June 2019 The meat-eating, football-loving Matcek’s answer concerning alcohol sales at Kyle Field surprised me a morsel. Brent Zwerneman,, "Texas A&M treading carefully on whether to sell alcohol at sports events," 5 June 2019 Yuzu shrimp is followed by a zucchini spiral, then squid and edible shiso flower and eel soup and a plate of bite-size morsels (eggplant, crab, fish eggs, jellyfish, squash), all chased with the most delicious mochi dessert (a gelatinous rice cake). James Whitlow Delano, National Geographic, "Here’s your ultimate Tokyo itinerary," 25 Apr. 2019 The bandera merges both into the same plate-sized morsel. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Pueblan-style Mexican food at this family-owned restaurant made a dining critic do a happy dance," 5 June 2019

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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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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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