Simple Definition of passel
: a large number or group of people or things
Full Definition of passel
: a large number or amount
Examples of passel in a sentence
<reporters had a whole passel of questions for the new basketball coach>
<the young couple had a passel of babies in the span of a few years>
Did You Know?
Loss of the sound of "r" after a vowel and before another consonant in the middle of a word is common in spoken English. This linguistic idiosyncrasy has given our language a few new words, including "cuss" from "curse," "bust" from "burst," and our featured word passel from "parcel." The spelling "passel" originated in the 15th century, but the word's use as a collective noun for an indefinite number is a 19th-century Americanism. It was common primarily in local-color writing before getting a boost in the 1940s, when it began appearing in popular weekly magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and the Saturday Review.
Origin and Etymology of passel
alteration of parcel
First Known Use: 1835
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