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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Renters Insurance - This nugget of advice is often overlooked. Nj Falk, Forbes, 5 May 2021 All of it is rather sordid — deals made with publicists who offer up a little nugget on a client if the columnist agrees to ignore a bigger potential scandal. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2021 The chicken nugget, popularized by McDonald’s in the early 1980s, has a considerable backstory. Lucas Kwan Peterson Food Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2021 In the new museum, people can admire a 410-pound silver nugget found outside Globe, Ariz., or browse meteorites scorched to size by the trip through the atmosphere. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 Placed at the center of the installation is the artist’s first free-standing hologram, a pulsing abstract nugget of light around which the show, organized by Katherine Brinson and Ashley James, orbits. New York Times, 29 July 2021 Sarah Jessica Parker, however, has found her golden nugget of denim from old-school 7 for All Mankind. Eva Thomas,, 22 June 2021 The group’s recent chicken nugget collaboration with McDonald’s was so popular that some used paper bags with the BTS logo are selling for thousands, with one bid as high as $20,000, on eBay. Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2021 Rattling around loose in my head, that little nugget won’t leave me alone lately — because Chief Brody is waving his arms like a madman from the beach, but our public officials are acting like it’s safe to go back into the water. al, 10 July 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Nugget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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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