pan·​el | \ ˈpa-nᵊl How to pronounce panel (audio) \

Definition of panel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a schedule containing names of persons summoned as jurors
(2) : the group of persons so summoned summoned a panel of 40 citizens for jury duty
(3) : jury sense 1 The 12-person panel arrived at a guilty verdict.
b(1) : a group of persons selected for some service (such as investigation or arbitration) a panel of experts a government advisory panel
(2) : a group of persons who discuss before an audience a topic of public interest The panel agreed to accept questions following the discussion. also : panel discussion
(3) : a group of entertainers or guests engaged as players in a quiz or guessing game on a radio or television program The quiz show included a panel of three players.
2 : a separate or distinct part of a surface: such as
a : a fence section : hurdle
b(1) : a thin usually rectangular board set in a frame (as in a door)
(2) : a usually sunken or raised section of a surface set off by a margin
(3) : a flat usually rectangular piece of construction material (such as plywood or precast masonry) made to form part of a surface
c : a vertical section of fabric (such as a gore)
d : comic strip also : a frame of a comic strip The comic strip was composed of four panels.
3 : a thin flat piece of wood on which a picture is painted also : a painting on such a surface
4a : a section of a switchboard (as for circuit breakers or for a telephone exchange) … he entered the basement to work on the electrical panel and circuits …— Thomas J. Nardi
b : a usually vertical mount for controls or dials (as of instruments of measurement) Most microwave ovens have a control panel with numbers from 0 to 9.


paneled or panelled; paneling or panelling

Definition of panel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish or decorate with panels paneled the living room

Examples of panel in a Sentence

Noun The university is hosting a panel on free speech. Tonight's show features a panel of famous chefs. Three of the members on the panel are doctors. The advisory panel has recommended that the drug be approved. A panel of judges selected the book for this year's award. The room was visible through the door's glass panel. One of the ceiling panels needs to be replaced. Each of the skirt's five panels is a different color. Sew the two panels together to form a tablecloth. Aside from a dent in one of the side panels the car is in good shape. Verb We paneled the living room with oak. The walls were paneled in oak. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 2023 Integra, going on sale in June, shares its platform with the Honda Civic, but every body panel and most interior pieces are new. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2022 His lifetime ban from Gymnastics Canada, and his wife's ban through Jan. 18, 2024, was handed down earlier this year after a disciplinary panel confirmed 54 counts of misconduct by the Brubakers. Eddie Pells, ajc, 26 May 2022 Lean Into Louisville will also have a panel about redistricting and an event about reconstructing family trees, said Joi McAtee, the project manager of the organization. Eleanor Mccrary, The Courier-Journal, 26 May 2022 The sarong front swimsuit is designed with a longer front panel for more coverage, and the stomach is lined with powerful mesh material for smoothing. Amanda Constantine, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Our Carpathian Edition test car thankfully lacked the $200 Signature Graphic trim panel behind the B-pillar, which needlessly creates blind spots for the driver and rear passengers alike. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 25 May 2022 Ethan Schutt, an executive with Bristol Bay Native Corp. who helped develop the Fire Island wind energy project west of Anchorage, moderated a panel on Tuesday at the conference. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2022 This decision landed only two weeks after a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit overruled an earlier injunction on an even more far-reaching law in Texas that essentially banned most content moderation. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 24 May 2022 The agency’s vaccine advisory panel is scheduled to discuss NVX-CoV2373 at its meeting on June 7. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those stark words, spoken by former U.S. Secretary of State and Senator John Kerry, set the tone for the Safeguarding Our Planet and People panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. Dan Reilly, Fortune, 24 May 2022 Speaking at an independent producers panel the Berlinale Series Market, Hiersemenzel was outspoken about the need for need for new regulations. Ben Croll, Variety, 17 Feb. 2022 Murray possibly leaving the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions panel to become the top Democrat on Appropriations could cause something of a domino effect. al, 15 Nov. 2021 The projects could see Whitehall in both on-screen and off-screen roles and include a range of non-scripted genres from blue chip documentaries to panel shows, singles and events to returning series. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 The twenty-second New Yorker Festival kicks off on Monday, welcoming audiences virtually and in person to panel discussions, musical performances, a film screening, and more. The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2021 Chest physicians panel: In 2012, the American College of Chest Physicians issued guidelines for treating atrial fibrillation. John Fauber And Coulter Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 Swamy and Okri joined writers Carribean Fragoza and Deesha Philyaw for a Los Angeles Times Festival of Books panel about the art of the short story, moderated by Times reporter Dorany Pineda. Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2021 Every season of The Masked Singer has one contestant who can dazzle the audience and panel with their voice and dance moves. Ariana Brockington,, 19 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of panel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for panel

Noun and Verb

Middle English, piece of cloth, jury list on a piece of parchment, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pannellus, diminutive of Latin pannus

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pan·​el | \ ˈpa-nᵊl How to pronounce panel (audio) \

Kids Definition of panel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually rectangular section of something (as a door or a wall)
2 : a piece of material (as plywood) made to form part of a surface (as of a wall)
3 : a board into which instruments or controls are set
4 : a group of people appointed for some service a jury panel
5 : a group of people taking part in a discussion or answering questions for an audience


paneled or panelled; paneling or panelling

Kids Definition of panel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover or decorate with sections of material (as wood) panel a wall


pan·​el | \ ˈpan-ᵊl How to pronounce panel (audio) \

Medical Definition of panel

: a list or group of persons selected for some service: as
a : a list of physicians from among whom a patient may make a choice in accordance with various British health and insurance plans
b : the patients cared for by a doctor under such a plan



Legal Definition of panel

1 : a group of community members summoned for jury service
2 : a group of usually three judges among the judges sitting on an appellate court who hear a particular appeal — compare full court

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