verb (used with object), par·celed, par·cel·ing or (especially British) par·celled, par·cel·ling.
Origin of parcel
Synonyms for parcel
Related Words for parcel outsubdivide, restrict, allot, conserve, divide, receive, distribute, experience, split, participate, slice, share, authorize, entrust, relegate, sell, accord, grant, provide, deliver
verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed (tr)
Word Origin for parcel
"to divide into small portions," early 15c. (with out), from parcel (n.). Related: Parceled; parcelled; parceling; parcelling.
late 14c., "a portion of something, a part" (sense preserved in phrase parcel of land, c.1400), from Old French parcele "small piece, particle, parcel," from Vulgar Latin *particella, diminutive of Latin particula "small part, little bit," itself a diminutive of pars (genitive partis) "part" (see part (n.)).
Meaning "package" is first recorded 1640s, earlier "a quantity of goods in a package" (mid-15c.), from late 14c. sense of "an amount or quantity of anything." The expression part and parcel (early 15c.) also preserves the older sense; both words mean the same, the multiplicity is for emphasis.
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]
In addition to the idiom beginning with parcel
- parcel out
- part and parcel