- 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.
- 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.
Origin of parcel
SynonymsSee more synonyms for parcel on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for parceled
That, of course, was always the plan—Netflix ordered two seasons from the outset, and Willimon parceled out his story accordingly.‘House of Cards’ Season Two Review: Even More Bingeworthy Than the First
February 14, 2014
Or perhaps poetic justice demands that the life of an unstoppably prolix author be parceled out in multiple, overlapping volumes.Norman Mailer: A Life Lived Loud
October 20, 2013
For companies in the U.S., IP addresses are parceled out by the American Registry for Internet Numbers.The Internet's Doomsday Scenario
Thomas E. Weber
November 9, 2010
They were parceled out like cattle among the English settlements.Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast
Samuel Adams Drake
"I guess they're all parceled round," said Sallie with symptoms of sniffing.The Stolen Singer
Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
Even in his lifetime he parceled them out to sons and grandsons.
And what is more, the money was parceled out to each one on the very floor of the Senate and House.
Grant called out the groups of seven and each lodging house, tenement and car on the railroad siding was parceled out to a group.In the Heart of a Fool
William Allen White
- 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)
- (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 and History for parceled
"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.