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 White Castle frozen sandwiches are sold in rectangular cardboard packages and the code date is located on a side panel. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "White Castle recalls frozen burgers over listeria fears," 9 Dec. 2019 Miller received 44% of the votes in 2003 and 63% in 2007 when all Hall of Famers could participate on a veterans panel. Ronald Blum,, "Long bypassed, union leader Marvin Miller elected to Baseball Hall of Fame by modern committee; Simmons in, too," 8 Dec. 2019 Miller received 44% of the votes in 2003 and 63% in 2007, when all Hall of Famers could participate on a veterans panel. Ronald Blum,, "Union executive Marvin Miller and catcher Ted Simmons are voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame by the modern-era committee," 8 Dec. 2019 Over the past two years, Washington has blocked the W.T.O. from appointing new members to a crucial panel that hears appeals in trade disputes. New York Times, "Trump Cripples W.T.O. as Trade War Rages," 8 Dec. 2019 During the most recent legislative session, state Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, introduced a resolution that would have limited local votes to a three-person panel made up of the sheriff, parish president and school board president. Sara Sneath, ProPublica, "Chemical Companies Are Building Their Plants Overseas and Shipping Them Back In. They Still Get State Tax Breaks.," 6 Dec. 2019 Jackson, a former Hamden mayor, previously served as commissioner of the state Department of Labor and was chairman of a panel charged with making public policy recommendations following the Sandy Hook shootings. Russell Blair,, "Capitol Week in Review: Lamont wants vote this month on tolls," 6 Dec. 2019 Averie and Josh and their friends formed a youth panel to help choose grant recipients for some donations made in their mom's memory. Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, "A jet engine blowout killed a passenger. The FAA knew it was possible - but hadn’t said anything.," 4 Dec. 2019 The executive order the Democratic governor signed Monday creates a new panel at the top level of state government focused on lessening the impact Minnesotans have on the environment. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Gov. Tim Walz creates ‘subcabinet’ to tackle climate change," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The lab is unnaturally quiet, its studio-quality acoustic wall paneling muffling the sounds of nearby rehearsals. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, "Hopkins professor Thomas Dolby aims to help the next generation score the future," 17 Sep. 2019 Stewart, who stars in the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot, wore a shrunken blazer by Thom Browne for her appearance, which had textural panelling all over (stripes against chevron, for one). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Gives the Blazer a Punky Makeover," 1 Sep. 2019 Inside the grand estate, rich walnut paneling encloses the formal dining room, while other spaces are topped with coffered wood ceilings. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "A Pasadena Spanish Colonial suits the lifestyle of the rich in 1928 and today | Vintage SoCal," 30 Aug. 2019 One mannequin sports a brown sweater and paneled skirt as well as a Plexiglas helmet, like a on-trend Apollo astronaut. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Back to the Future With Pierre Cardin’s Space-Age Fashion," 22 Aug. 2019 There’s a 19-by-15-foot library or den, beautifully paneled in mahogany with black and gold neo-classic trim and leaded glass. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Home near Cranbrook's art objects is filled with space and glamour," 3 Aug. 2019 Grill 23 & Bar Wood-paneled everything, tapestries hung from the walls, a gleaming black marble bar, and leather banquettes—every inch of this place is classic steakhouse at its best. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 Instead there’s a cacophonous din of competing ideas, as students convene in animated groups around communal tables, shouting out solutions while feverishly diagramming them on the whiteboards that panel the walls. Aryn Baker/mauritius, Time, "‘It’s Time Africa Had Its Own Harvard.’ Inside a University Training African Leaders to Solve African Problems," 11 June 2019 Theplumbago-blue dining room opens on one side to a tropical conservatory, paneled in pale lime-green bamboo, where hummingbirds purr over orchid plants, banana fronds, and palms. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018

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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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12 Dec 2019

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“Panel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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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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