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passel

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noun pas·sel \ˈpa-səl\

Simple Definition of passel

  • : a large number or group of people or things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of passel

  1. :  a large number or amount

Examples of passel in a sentence

  1. <reporters had a whole passel of questions for the new basketball coach>

  2. <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 of passel

alteration of parcel


First Known Use: 1835

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