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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As People points out, Burger King partnered with Postmates in those cities to offer 100 nuggets for $10. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Burger King Is Offering 100 Chicken Nuggets for $10," 13 Oct. 2018 Yeah, really! Burger King has formerly experimented with all kinds of chicken products, including spicy nuggets and world-famous chicken fries, but the new tenders are somehow uncharted territory. Taylor Rock, Fox News, "Burger King debuts crispy chicken tenders," 22 Sep. 2018 Here’s a key nugget: The impact of competitors may be most evident by looking at the amount of time people spend using Snapchat. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How a new class of “digital martyrs” are manipulating social networks," 18 Sep. 2018 There were hen of the woods mushroom and chicken nuggets, and halved Koginuts presented with levain crackers. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Sweetgreen and Blue Hill at Stone Barns Host a Grand Celebration of Squash," 15 Oct. 2018 The most promising nugget, paradoxically enough, involves the extent to which O’Rourke is still an unknown quantity. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "New poll helps both O’Rourke and Cruz," 19 Apr. 2018 Great, now Cambridge Analytica knows that nugget of info, and your teen will see a new car ad every time a screen swipes in front of their face. Eric Scott,, "Column: Extended winter, known as 'sprinter,' a source of many people's complaints," 19 Apr. 2018 In 2016, he was shot in his school’s cafeteria while eating chicken nuggets. Keith Bierygolick,, "Student shot at Madison Schools in Ohio gets detention for school-shooting protest," 29 Mar. 2018 Tuesday’s primaries in eight states produced more than a few interesting nuggets, including—in the era of #MeToo—more female nominees. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Will the ‘Blue Wave’ Break in California?," 6 June 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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