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

Definition of panel

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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That raises new questions, and STAT is bringing together a panel of clinicians and patients to discuss what’s at stake. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Virtual Event: What gene-targeted therapies mean for patients with cancer," 8 Apr. 2021 To offer guidance on where to start, a panel of Rolling Stone Culture Council members shared tips for breaking down the silos of your day-to-day work and improving collaboration within your organization. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, "Entrepreneurs: 12 Tips to Improve Collaboration and Move Your Business Forward," 8 Apr. 2021 Last week there had been a guest spot on the Hillary Clinton podcast, and next week there would be a panel with Oprah. Doreen St. Félix, Vogue, "The Rise and Rise of Amanda Gorman," 7 Apr. 2021 The center will host a panel on how youth are experiencing the trial today at 12:30 p.m.. Susan Du, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis criminal defense attorneys offer legal takes, healing spaces during Chauvin trial," 7 Apr. 2021 But the video is educational, too, with a text panel about Campbell, who earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses during World War II and went on to serve in Korea and Vietnam. Washington Post, "This D.C.-based choreographer creates dances about trailblazers, hoping you’ll embrace their ideals," 7 Apr. 2021 The film festival will also host a Rising Stars panel featuring a roundtable discussion with five actors from the QTBIPOC community. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Michaela Coel and Andra Day to be honored at 2021 Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival," 7 Apr. 2021 In early February, Paulie was supposed to go before a parole panel for the ninth time, to determine whether, after more than 40 years of being locked up, he’d be allowed to leave. New York Times, "When the Pandemic Came to Sullivan Prison," 6 Apr. 2021 To help, a panel of Forbes Communications Council members shared the biggest faux pas a company can make on commercial accounts and how communications professionals can prevent such missteps. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "14 Communications Faux Pas To Avoid On Commercial Accounts," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Every season of The Masked Singer has one contestant who can dazzle the audience and panel with their voice and dance moves. Ariana Brockington,, "There’s Almost No Way The Masked Singer’s Crocodile Isn’t A Backstreet Boy," 19 Nov. 2020 Watch the entire Festival of Books panel below, featuring Viet and Ellison Nguyen, Thi and Hien Bui-Stafford, and Pendakur. Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times, "Viet Thanh Nguyen on his ‘Sympathizer’ sequel and the ‘scarcity’ of voices like his," 2 Nov. 2020 The attorney for the juror says what was presented to panel is not being publicly disclosed. Sonia Moghe, CNN, "Judge rules Breonna Taylor grand juror can speak publicly about proceedings," 20 Oct. 2020 The second day will focus on individuals who provide care for loved ones in their families and will include workshops and panel discussions on self-care education topics and available resources and tools. cleveland, "A new mural on the Coventry PEACE Park lot; a virtual Jewish Federation Super Sunday Oct. 18; more: Press Run," 9 Oct. 2020 How it’s installed: A frame is constructed and paneled, then the liner is attached. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Pool," 20 Apr. 2020 The extra-stretchy style—made from a nylon and spandex blend—also has a double-layered waistband and paneled inseams to keep the leggings in place and prevent chafing. Braelyn Wood,, "This Ashley Graham-Approved Activewear Brand Just Marked a Bunch of Leggings 40% Off," 25 Apr. 2020 Bittman greeted me at his front door, a bald man with a wizened face and youthful eyes, and ushered me into a peaceful wood-paneled room. Thomas Rid, Wired, "Uncovering Operation NEPTUN, the Cold War’s Most Daring Disinformation Campaign," 15 Apr. 2020 During the argument, the woman kicked the glass storm door, breaking the glass paneling before leaving the residence. cleveland, "Woman already under suspension for OVI arrested again: Bay Village Police Blotter," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of panel was in the 14th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Panel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of panel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of people who answer questions, give advice or opinions about something, or take part in a discussion for an audience
: a group of people with special knowledge, skill, or experience who give advice or make decisions
US : a group of people who are chosen to be jurors



English Language Learners Definition of panel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (a wall, ceiling, etc.) with flat pieces of wood, glass, etc.


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

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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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