par·​cel | \ ˈpär-səl How to pronounce parcel (audio) \

Definition of parcel

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a tract or plot of land a parcel of real estate
2a : a wrapped bundle : package The parcel was shipped today.
b : a unit of salable merchandise a parcel in an auction
3 : a company, collection, or group of persons, animals, or things : lot The whole story was a parcel of lies. a parcel of giddy young kids— Mark Twain
4a : fragment, portion sold his stocks by parcels
b : a volume of a fluid (such as air) considered as a single entity within a greater volume of the same fluid


parceled or parcelled; parceling or parcelling\ ˈpär-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce parcel (audio) \

Definition of parcel (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to divide into parts : distribute often used with out
2 : to make up into a parcel : wrap
3 : to cover (something, such as a rope) with strips of canvas or tape



Definition of parcel (Entry 3 of 4)



Definition of parcel (Entry 4 of 4)

: partly

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Examples of parcel in a Sentence

Noun a parcel of real estate her absurd explanation for the collision was a parcel of lies
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The letter not only revealed the water diversions but also alleged McKee was growing crops on a 120-acre parcel of tribal land, spreading manure on the ground and burying the carcasses of 200 calves that died each year at the feedlot. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Farmington’s town hall was built in 1968 to accommodate the police department as well as municipal workers and has about 26,000 square foot of space on a parcel of 8 acres. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 27 Apr. 2022 Tony French-Kennedy, now 67, and his wife, Sally French-Kennedy, 68, asked their son, Reuben, to design a new single-level house on a parcel of their existing half-acre property. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 The City of Toronto recently inked a deal for Hackman Capital Partners, the U.S.-based property developer, and the MBS Group to develop the $250 million Basin Media Hub studio on an 8.9-acre parcel of waterfront land. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 The $3 million building was constructed on a parcel of about 5.8 acres and measures about 7,000 square feet. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2021 There are trees on this family farm with roots that stretch into three centuries, just like the family that raised generations of children and row after row of crops on this rustic parcel of Shelby County. al, 9 Nov. 2021 But not Lewis, who helped build Full Gospel Church on a rare flat parcel of land in 1972 and has led it ever since. Sarah Varney, The Courier-Journal, 22 Oct. 2021 The Bears have signed a purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse, which is located on a 326-acre parcel of land in Arlington Heights. Phil Rogers, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Part and parcel with that was his understanding that a documentary – a cinematic rendering of his story – is very different from a YouTube video. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 7 Apr. 2022 In Odisha, the state’s commission has earmarked common household items such as stools, kettles and lamps to parcel out. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 Networks often parcel out bits and pieces of big interviews and stories over their various platforms. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 Feb. 2022 The benefit children provide to a society is similarly difficult to parcel out. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 26 Nov. 2021 The NGDVs have more cargo room than the LLVs and are built to carry more packages, as the Postal Service pivots its focus from mail to parcel delivery. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 Now, if Victor Oladipo is able to return, then the Heat could effectively parcel out those remaining available Caleb games. Ira Winderman,, 7 Nov. 2021 Much of the resources in public health trickle down from the CDC, which distributes money to states, which then parcel it out to counties. Talia Herman, ProPublica, 1 Nov. 2021 Kranz’s multitasking script must explore inner lives and parcel out narrative details, often in the same instance. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The current record, of $147 million, was for a multi-parcel purchase by investor Barry Rosenstein. Amy Dobson, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 While parcel demand for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday retail peaks was higher than expected, the threat of industrial action caused customers to divert holiday packages to other companies, Royal Mail said in a statement. Anthony Palazzo,, 29 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of parcel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parcel

Noun, Verb, Adjective, and Adverb

Middle English, from Anglo-French parcele, from Vulgar Latin *particella, from Latin particula small part — more at particle

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

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22 May 2022

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“Parcel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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par·​cel | \ ˈpär-səl How to pronounce parcel (audio) \

Kids Definition of parcel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a plot of land


parceled or parcelled; parceling or parcelling

Kids Definition of parcel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to divide and give out by parts We parceled out the candy.


par·​cel | \ ˈpär-səl How to pronounce parcel (audio) \

Legal Definition of parcel

: a tract or plot of land

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