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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That's where this little nugget of information comes in handy: Bed makers get on average seven hours and 19 minutes of sleep per night, versus non-makers' measly six hours and 57 minutes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s All the Proof I Need That Bed-Makers Are Better at Everything," 8 Apr. 2019 The adults can eat at that nine-foot-long table while the kids have their chicken nuggets at the island. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Heidi Piron on Designing a Big, Open Kitchen," 6 June 2013 The nuggets are crunchy and intact, texturally pleasant against the smooth background. Kara Baskin,, "The best flavors of ice cream at Toscanini’s," 29 May 2018 The group spoke at a private discussion at King's College London, and some attendees and royal reporters did share nuggets of wisdom from the duchess. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Most Inspiring Quotes from Her International Women's Day Panel," 8 Mar. 2019 Some fun nuggets in this graphical breakdown of Elon Musk’s tweets. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A shadowy influence campaign on Facebook is targeting liberal activists," 1 Aug. 2018 Our index uses a nugget of economic wisdom called purchasing-power parity: currencies should adjust until goods cost the same everywhere. The Economist, "Investors are gorging on American assets," 12 July 2018 Google Stories in particular are eye-catching, engaging little nuggets that will undoubtedly attract attention at the top of Google search results. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Google Really Up To?," 14 Feb. 2018 The adults in the house loved these nuggets; the kids were unimpressed. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Baked Chicken Nuggets," 22 Dec. 2011

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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