passel

[pas-uh l]

noun Informal.

a group or lot of indeterminate number: a passel of dignitaries.

Nearby words

  1. passe,
  2. passe-partout,
  3. passed,
  4. passed ball,
  5. passed pawn,
  6. passement,
  7. passementerie,
  8. passenger,
  9. passenger mile,
  10. passenger pigeon

Origin of passel

First recorded in 1825–35; alteration of parcel

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British Dictionary definitions for passel

passel

noun

informal, or dialect, mainly US a group or quantity of no fixed number

Word Origin for passel

variant of parcel

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Word Origin and History for passel

passel

n.

1835, dialectal variant of parcel (n.).

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