nug·​get ˈnə-gət How to pronounce nugget (audio)
: a solid lump
especially : a native lump of precious metal
: tidbit sense 2
nuggets of wisdom
: a small usually rounded piece of food
chicken nuggets

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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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nugget was in 1851

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“Nugget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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nug·​get ˈnəg-ət How to pronounce nugget (audio)
: a solid lump especially of precious metal

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