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 state law that granted Chicago a casino also bestowed another nugget on its developer: the chance to install slot machines at O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 Moms get a free meal on Mother’s Day (three-piece tender, eight-piece nugget or any sandwich or salad) with the purchase of any kids or adult meal. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 The race is on for the best chicken nugget alternative, reports Michele Simon. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Beyond Fried Chicken is now available nationwide in six- and 12-piece nugget orders, as well as six-and 12-piece combos with French fries and a drink. Susan Dunne,, 12 Jan. 2022 One additional nugget from these polls is that more often than not, the views of Hispanic, Asian, and multiracial respondents aligned more with white respondents than Black respondents. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2021 One nugget was that a single court will handle all Evergrande restructuring cases which is a positive. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Impossible Foods is not the first company to think of reimagining the nugget. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Sep. 2021 The officer found a partial marijuana blunt and a medium-size nugget of the drug. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nugget

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nugget

origin unknown

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15 May 2022

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“Nugget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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