[ pahr-suh l ]
/ ˈpɑr səl /


verb (used with object), par·celed, par·cel·ing or (especially British) par·celled, par·cel·ling.


Archaic. in part; partially.

Origin of parcel

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French parcelle < Late Latin *particella, fresh formation for Latin particula; see particle, passel
1 See package.
3 batch, assortment.
6 mete, apportion, deal, allot.
Related formsun·par·celed, adjectiveun·par·celled, adjectiveun·par·cel·ling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for parcel out


/ (ˈpɑːsəl) /


verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed (tr)


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)

parcel out

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

also see:

  • part and parcel
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