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parcel

[pahr-suh l]
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noun
  1. an object, article, container, or quantity of something wrapped or packed up; small package; bundle.
  2. a quantity or unit of something, as of a commodity for sale; lot.
  3. a group, collection, or assemblage of persons or things.
  4. a distinct, continuous portion or tract of land.
  5. a part, portion, or fragment.
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verb (used with object), par·celed, par·cel·ing or (especially British) par·celled, par·cel·ling.
  1. to divide into or distribute in parcels or portions (usually followed by out).
  2. to make into a parcel or wrap as a parcel.
  3. Nautical. to cover or wrap (a rope) with strips of canvas.
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adverb
  1. Archaic. in part; partially.
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Origin of parcel

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French parcelle < Late Latin *particella, fresh formation for Latin particula; see particle, passel
Related formsun·par·celed, adjectiveun·par·celled, adjectiveun·par·cel·ling, adjective

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1. See package. 3. batch, assortment. 6. mete, apportion, deal, allot.
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parcel

noun
  1. something wrapped up; package
  2. a group of people or things having some common characteristic
  3. a quantity of some commodity offered for sale; lot
  4. a distinct portion of land
  5. an essential part of something (esp in the phrase part and parcel)
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verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed (tr)
  1. (often foll by up) to make a parcel of; wrap up
  2. (often foll by out) to divide (up) into portions
  3. nautical to bind strips of canvas around (a rope)
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adverb
  1. an archaic word for partly
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French parcelle, from Latin particula particle
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Word Origin and History for parceled

parcel

v.

"to divide into small portions," early 15c. (with out), from parcel (n.). Related: Parceled; parcelled; parceling; parcelling.

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parcel

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with parceled

parcel

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