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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There’s always a new nugget of information to digest, always another secret trick of the trade to uncover. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals rookie cornerback Byron Murphy's questions draw comparisons to Tyrann Mathieu," 29 July 2019 Here’s a great nugget unearthed by Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic. Peter Abraham,, "Rays’ Ryne Stanek is making history in opener role," 27 July 2019 Rivers said his objectives for the campers were a good experience and maybe a nugget or two of football knowledge. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Philip Rivers’ camp: Football, fun and nunc coepi," 8 July 2019 One nugget on Arizona State not mentioned below, but potentially significant to the end-game, is the shift in the cross-division schedule rotation. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 team previews: Muddled South division creates opportunity for Arizona State (game-by-game predictions)," 15 Aug. 2019 But those nuggets from Teena Marie, Howard Jones, and the Go-Go's were all bit hits in their day that haven't exactly topped people's '80s playlists today. Courtney E. Smith,, "Every Gloriously '80s Song From Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 Only the rare nugget in the mine is a beneficial mutation. Quanta Magazine, "A Conductor of Evolution’s Subtle Symphony," 3 Nov. 2016 One player takes control of the creature and attacks the mercenaries gathering the nuggets. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Preview: ‘Vicious Circle’ is a cutthroat version of ‘Evolve’ that’s way more fun," 3 July 2019 The nuggets are made from pea protein, egg white and flaxseed and bamboo fiber, and are slated to hit shelves later this summer. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Even Tyson is getting in on the plant-based meat craze. But it's not what you think," 13 June 2019

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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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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