parcel

[pahr-suh l]

noun

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

adverb

Archaic. in part; partially.

Nearby words

  1. parañaque,
  2. parboil,
  3. parbuckle,
  4. parca,
  5. parcae,
  6. parcel gilding,
  7. parcel out,
  8. parcel post,
  9. parcel tanker,
  10. parcel-gilt

Origin of parcel

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French parcelle < Late Latin *particella, fresh formation for Latin particula; see particle, passel

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

Related formsun·par·celed, adjectiveun·par·celled, adjectiveun·par·cel·ling, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for parceled

parcel

noun

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)

adverb

an archaic word for partly

Word Origin for parcel

C14: from Old French parcelle, from Latin particula particle

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Word Origin and History for parceled
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Idioms and Phrases with parceled

parcel

In addition to the idiom beginning with parcel

  • parcel out

also see:

  • part and parcel
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