[ pahr-suh l ]
/ ˈpɑr səl /
an object, article, container, or quantity of something wrapped or packed up; small package; bundle.
a quantity or unit of something, as of a commodity for sale; lot.
a group, collection, or assemblage of persons or things.
a distinct, continuous portion or tract of land.
a part, portion, or fragment.
verb (used with object), par·celed, par·cel·ing or (especially British) par·celled, par·cel·ling.
to divide into or distribute in parcels or portions (usually followed by out).
to make into a parcel or wrap as a parcel.
Nautical. to cover or wrap (a rope) with strips of canvas.
Archaic. in part; partially.
Words nearby parcel
Origin of parcel
OTHER WORDS FROM parcelun·par·celed, adjectiveun·par·celled, adjectiveun·par·cel·ling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parcel out
/ (ˈpɑːsəl) /
something wrapped up; package
a group of people or things having some common characteristic
a quantity of some commodity offered for sale; lot
a distinct portion of land
an essential part of something (esp in the phrase part and parcel)
verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed (tr)
(often foll by up) to make a parcel of; wrap up
(often foll by out) to divide (up) into portions
nautical to bind strips of canvas around (a rope)
an archaic word for partly
Word Origin for parcel
C14: from Old French parcelle, from Latin particula particle
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Idioms and Phrases with parcel out (1 of 2)
Divide into parts and distribute, as in She parceled out the remaining candy among the children. This idiom uses parcel in the sense of “divide into small portions.” [Mid-1500s]
Idioms and Phrases with parcel out (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with parcel
- parcel out
- part and parcel
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