nug·get | \ˈnə-gət \

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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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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For Kate’s ring, the Queen gifted William with the gold and an expert craftsman, unnamed by the palace but likely to be the Crown Jeweler Harry Collins, was tasked with fashioning the nugget into a piece for her. Dave Quinn,, "Palace Confirms Prince Harry Will Wear a Wedding Band Even Though William Does Not," 18 May 2018 The most notable nugget involving the Blazers has to do with their interest in Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, to which Wojnarowski says Portland has backed off a bit. Sean Meagher,, "Portland Trail Blazers recall Caleb Swanigan from G League," 5 Feb. 2018 The wedding rings are formed from the same nugget, carefully extracted from the Clogau St. David’s gold mine in Wales. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the pressures of royal wedding traditions," 16 May 2018 And this nugget caught my attention: The Bucs wanted to work out star Florida State safety Derwin James after the Seminoles’ pro day on March 20, and James turned them down. Albert Breer,, "Jon Gruden? Now Here’s a Guy Who’s Ready To Get Back on a Football Field," 19 Apr. 2018 Maybe the biggest news nugget: Facebook is cooperating with the special counsel's Russia investigation., "Today: Zuck and Cover," 11 Apr. 2018 Check out this nugget: The total number of Airbnb rentals in Cincinnati has exploded by more than 3,000 percent over the past five years from 75 in 2013. Bob Strickley,, "3 headlines you may have missed: 50 new jobs. CEO makes how much more? Airbnb changes a-comin'?," 28 Mar. 2018 Which leads to this nugget: The last time an Ivy League team was a No. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "2018 NCAA tournament: 16 seeds typically lose to No. 1s, but Penn is not typical No. 16," 14 Mar. 2018 The 22-year-old actor was recently interviewed by one of his personal idols, Frank Ocean, over the phone for V Man magazine, and among the many nuggets of information Timothée disclosed for readers was how to actually pronounce his name. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet Explained to Frank Ocean How to Correctly Pronounce His Name," 6 Feb. 2018

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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 \

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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