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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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Examples from the web for parcels
  • They're collecting little parts and parcels of petroleum their whole life if they're exposed to it their whole life.
  • Prior to this lesson, identify four or five parcels of undeveloped land in your state.
  • He works with a land management company that brokered the gas rights to a collection of parcels there last month.
  • Surveyors went through the property, slicing it into tenth-of-an-acre parcels marked by heavy stakes.
  • But a hundred yards back all these tiny parcels littered the road.
  • Then she went down to fetch the rest of her parcels.
  • He sold the gas stations, bought up several adjoining parcels, and hired a contractor.
  • In an hour or so, its flesh will be dispatched in parcels to the various sushi chefs who have chosen to buy it.
  • The two parcels-Baron's old one and his new one-were owned by two trusts.
  • But he parcels it out only to family and friends, and to restaurants that he particularly likes.
British Dictionary definitions for parcels

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 parcels

parcel

n.

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.

v.

"to divide into small portions," early 15c. (with out), from parcel (n.). Related: Parceled; parcelled; parceling; parcelling.

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Idioms and Phrases with parcels

parcel

In addition to the idiom beginning with parcel also see: part and parcel
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