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 of passel
alteration of parcel
First Known Use: 1835
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