The kernel at the center of Downton Abbey is that ever-appropriate sigh: “Kids these days!”
"It's really your fault," Veda wails, and Mildred recognizes the kernel of truth in her accusation.
However, with our story, to give it dramatic tension, it was almost based on a kernel of truth.
Meanwhile, a tiny rebellion is brewing—the kernel, it seems, for the future Rebel Alliance.
He was so anxious to get at the kernel that he could not stop to examine the nut.
It is that kernel of personality which inclines him in this direction or that.
The province of Drente is a sandy plateau forming the kernel of the surrounding provinces.
Without that discipline they would have been a shell without a kernel.
Mahler, we feel again, realizes all the craving that Bruckner breeds for a kernel of feeling in the shell of counterpoint.
Other experiments show that the Praeparturien shell and kernel are about equal.
Old English cyrnel "seed, kernel, pip," from Proto-Germanic *kurnilo- (cf. Middle High German kornel, Middle Dutch cornel), from the root of corn "seed, grain" (see corn (n.1)) + -el, diminutive suffix. Figurative sense of "core or central part of anything" is from 1550s.
(Note: NOT "kernal").