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 The most exciting nugget to emerge in recent news reports is the revelation that Mr. Suga, a teetotaler with a sweet tooth, starts and ends each day with 100 situps. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Japan’s Next Prime Minister Emerges From Behind the Curtain," 14 Sep. 2020 McDonald's collaboration with Cactus Jack now includes clothes, hats, a lunch box and even a $90 nugget body pillow. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "McDonald's and Cactus Jack collaboration expands beyond Travis Scott Meal with new shirts, nugget pillow," 10 Sep. 2020 Find a $250 menu rug with the rapper's McDonald's order, a 10-pack of Cactus Jack McDonald's Styrofoam cups, or an upsettingly realistic chicken nugget body pillow that'll run you $90. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Travis Scott drops McDonald's-themed merchandise, including a $90 chicken nugget pillow," 9 Sep. 2020 There is another nugget of military wisdom the president should consider: Don’t risk losing a war by fighting an unnecessary battle. Daniel L. Davis, Star Tribune, "Pull U.S. troops out of Syria," 1 Sep. 2020 Health Order that was issued on Thursday is a tiny nugget that will make buffet fans – but especially, their owners -- rejoice: Effective 5 p.m. al, "Alabama gives the OK to return to the buffet," 1 Sep. 2020 The most fun nugget in that story is this: the match ball being used today, and in every game, has Istanbul 2020 printed on it. Rory Smith, New York Times, "P.S.G. wins, 3-0, and reaches its first Champions League final.," 18 Aug. 2020 The new McNuggets will already have plenty of competition in the spicy nugget space, as both rival chains Wendy's and Burger King offer their own spins on the menu item. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "McDonald's rolling out Spicy Chicken McNuggets on September 16," 25 Aug. 2020 In January 2013 an amateur explorer unearthed a golden nugget weighing 5.5 kilogram (12.1 pounds), buried 60 centimeters (23.6 inches) in the ground outside Ballarat, around an hour's drive south of Tarnagulla. Jack Guy, CNN, "Two giant gold nuggets worth $250,000 found in Australia," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Nugget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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