nug·​get | \ ˈnə-gət How to pronounce nugget (audio) \

Definition of nugget

1 : a solid lump especially : a native lump of precious metal
2 : tidbit sense 2 nuggets of wisdom
3 : a small usually rounded piece of food chicken nuggets

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Synonyms for nugget


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

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Examples of nugget in a Sentence

nuggets of beef in the chow mein a seemingly inconsequential nugget of information that proved to be the key to cracking the case

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Our index uses a nugget of economic wisdom called purchasing-power parity: currencies should adjust until goods cost the same everywhere. The Economist, "Investors are gorging on American assets," 12 July 2018 Google Stories in particular are eye-catching, engaging little nuggets that will undoubtedly attract attention at the top of Google search results. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Google Really Up To?," 14 Feb. 2018 The adults in the house loved these nuggets; the kids were unimpressed. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Baked Chicken Nuggets," 22 Dec. 2011 Not much is known about Riverdale season three right now, but the nuggets of info that are available suggest viewers are in for an even wilder ride than last season—as if that was possible. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Everything We Know About Riverdale Season 3," 19 July 2018 That is the message of an academic study stuffed with provocative nuggets. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Thinking About Retirement? Consider Working a Little Longer," 1 June 2018 Sweet California- grown dates are stuffed with a nugget of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, wrapped in bacon, and roasted to sweet-salty-smoky perfection. Lesley Balla, Los Angeles Magazine, "8 Iconic L.A. Dishes That Have Stood the Test of Time," 20 Apr. 2018 But that nugget of information apparently did little more than potentially serve as a bit of leverage for Brees in his negotiations. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Quarterbacks, wide receivers and a guard are NFL free agency's early winners," 13 Mar. 2018 The recall affects 82,760 cases of chicken, including chicken strips, fritters, patties, and nuggets. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Tyson Is Recalling Nearly 2.5 Million Pounds of Chicken in 30 States," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of nugget

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nugget

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English Language Learners Definition of nugget

: a solid lump of a valuable metal (such as gold)
: a small, usually round piece of food
: a piece of valuable information


nug·​get | \ ˈnə-gət How to pronounce nugget (audio) \

Kids Definition of nugget

1 : a solid lump especially of precious metal a nugget of gold
2 : a small usually rounded piece of food chicken nuggets

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