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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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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First Known Use of nugget

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nugget

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15 May 2021

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“Nugget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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