Origin of parceling
verb (used with object), par·celed, par·cel·ing or (especially British) par·celled, par·cel·ling.
Origin of parcel
Synonyms for parcel
Examples from the Web for parceling
Contemporary Examples of parceling
By parceling out to us so little, his concert movie feels more like a loud karaoke bar.How Glee Killed the Concert Movie
August 15, 2011
Historical Examples of parceling
(b) This is to render the surface smooth for parceling and serving.The Gunner's Examiner
Harold E. Cloke
To keep me from mischief, the mate used to set me picking oakum, or ripping up an old sail for 'parceling,' as it was called.
I could not see her as a worker in organized charity, parceling out benefits tied with red tape.May Iverson's Career
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with parcel
- parcel out
- part and parcel