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 parcelledadminister, distribute, allocate, allot, restrict, conserve, flock, gather, bundle, disburse, apportion, disseminate, dispense, give, share, scatter, donate, issue, assign, present
Examples from the Web for parcelled
Historical Examples of parcelled
And how has science mapped and parcelled it, like a dead planet.My New Curate
She has parcelled out her purgatory, as we delineate this upper world on a map.The Parables of Our Lord
They had parcelled out the Empire among them, and then quarrelled over the spoil.Famous Sea Fights
John Richard Hale
Magyerovka has been parcelled, and is lost; but Kremen, Skoki, and Suhotsin could be saved.Children of the Soil
Let us see then how the reserved province was parcelled out.The Philosophy of Natural Theology
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