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

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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 Our San Diego Econometer panel considers the possibility of lockdowns ending. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Could California lockdown restrictions end in January?," 25 Dec. 2020 Our panel of columnists, beat writers and special contributors makes predictions for the matchup between the Dallas Cowboys (5-9) and Philadelphia Eagles (4-9-1) on Sunday afternoon in Arlington. Dallas News, "Expert predictions for Cowboys-Eagles: Will Dallas extend its lone win streak of the season to 3 games?," 24 Dec. 2020 House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, said his panel had also been told about the hacks. Laura Davison,, "Hackers Targeted Senior U.S. Treasury Officials in Data Breach," 22 Dec. 2020 The agency made quick work of authorizing the vaccine just one day after its vaccine advisory panel recommended by a vote of 20-0, with one abstention, that it be approved for limited public use. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "FDA grants authorization to Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine," 18 Dec. 2020 In addition to authenticating the painting, the researchers learned that its wood panel came from the same tree used in several of fellow Baroque artist Anthony van Dyck’s works. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "A 400-Year-Old Flemish Masterpiece Spent Decades Hiding in Plain Sight," 9 Dec. 2020 Still, Illinois, like other states, has its own panel of experts reviewing the FDA’s analysis, Pritzker said. Dan Petrella,, "Coronavirus vaccine could be days away from arriving in Illinois as state reports 145 more COVID-19 deaths," 8 Dec. 2020 This week, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a Trump ally, invited a prominent vaccine skeptic to testify before his panel. Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times, "Trump boasts of vaccines, but will he coax people to get shots?," 8 Dec. 2020 The Lenovo’s super slim bezels don’t distract the eye from its vibrant panel, and its relatively small footprint will fit into any workspace. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "Build the ultimate home office with the best WFH products we’ve tested," 2 Dec. 2020 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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Time Traveler for panel

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

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29 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Panel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 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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