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parcel

[pahr-suh l] /ˈpɑr səl/
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.
verb (used with object), parceled, parceling or (especially British) parcelled, parcelling.
6.
to divide into or distribute in parcels or portions (usually followed by out).
7.
to make into a parcel or wrap as a parcel.
8.
Nautical. to cover or wrap (a rope) with strips of canvas.
adverb
9.
Archaic. in part; partially.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French parcelle < Late Latin *particella, fresh formation for Latin particula; see particle, passel
Related forms
unparceled, adjective
unparcelled, adjective
unparcelling, adjective
Synonyms
1. See package. 3. batch, assortment. 6. mete, apportion, deal, allot.
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British Dictionary definitions for par-celled

parcel

/ˈpɑːsəl/
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)
verb (transitive) -cels, -celling, -celled (US) -cels, -celing, -celed
6.
(often foll by up) to make a parcel of; wrap up
7.
(often foll by out) to divide (up) into portions
8.
(nautical) to bind strips of canvas around (a rope)
adverb
9.
an archaic word for partly
Word Origin
C14: from Old French parcelle, from Latin particulaparticle
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Word Origin and History for par-celled
parcel
c.1300, "part" (sense preserved in phrase parcel of land), from O.Fr. parcelle "small piece, particle, parcel," from V.L. *particella, dim. of L. particula, dim. of pars (gen. partis) "part" (see part). Meaning "package" is first recorded c.1645. The verb meaning "to divide into small portions" is from 1584.
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Idioms and Phrases with par-celled
In addition to the idiom beginning with parcel also see: part and parcel
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