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 average residential parcel in the village has 3,800 square feet of impervious surface, which is equal to one unit. James T. Norman,, "Libertyville Village Board approves stormwater utility fee to help cover costs of related projects," 26 Mar. 2021 The parcel overlaps with the original boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, which President Joe Biden has promised to restore. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah agency reverses course, pulls back energy leases in original Bears Ears monument," 10 Mar. 2021 The parcel lies on the west side of Andrews Avenue between Northwest Second and Fourth streets, north of Broward Boulevard and not far from City Hall. Susannah Bryan,, "Revolution Live owner wants music venue in park; neighbors say no way," 10 Mar. 2021 The parcel sits at the western end of a bustling neighborhood retail area with a grocery market, hardware store, four banks, sushi and dim sum joints, and shops selling discount household goods. J.k. Dineen,, "‘No Slums In The Sunset’: Backlash over affordable housing development intensifies in western S.F. neighborhood," 19 Jan. 2021 Located closer to Fells Point on the corner of Dock and Caroline streets, the parcel will have some 1,500 parking spaces, 500 residential units and about 10,000 square feet of retail space. Hallie Miller,, "Designs for T. Rowe Price, other parcels in Harbor Point show mix of amenities, green space," 10 Dec. 2020 On Wednesday, Carlson said a producer in New York attempted to ship the documents overnight to Los Angeles, but the parcel never arrived. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "UPS found Tucker Carlson's documents relating to Biden that vanished in system," 29 Oct. 2020 With three large concrete slabs, the parcel offers ready-make parking for as many as 10 cars. Jeffrey Meitrodt, Star Tribune, "In Minneapolis, a parking dispute delays Chicago Avenue rebuilding project," 10 Oct. 2020 The parcel contained fake championship rings for Louisiana State University, University of Texas at Austin, the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Mets and various NBA teams. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "More than 300 fake collegiate, pro championship rings seized in Indy," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If federal transit officials use the same formula to parcel out funding as in the prior two stimulus disbursements, the agency could end up with about $1 billion — enough to carry Metro well into 2022, Metro officials said. Washington Post, "Metro board considers lowering fares to lure riders when workers return to offices," 8 Apr. 2021 Investors should be wary of firms that parcel out the incorporation of ESG criteria into only a few vehicles but may be remiss to do so in their other funds. Martin Jarzebowski, Forbes, "To Judge ESG Investment Quality, Look Beyond The Label," 18 Mar. 2021 And in 1902, after the passage of the Curtis Act, the then-House representative convinced the Department of the Interior to abolish his own tribe’s government and parcel out their land to its members. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Deb Haaland’s Ascent and the Complicated Legacy of Native Representation," 22 Feb. 2021 Meghan will also give up her patronage appointments, the palace said in a statement, noting that Queen Elizabeth II would parcel out the titles and appointments to other family members. Mark Landler,, "Harry and Meghan to give up official royal family duties," 19 Feb. 2021 Leaders should prioritize so their teams can parcel out their time and energy to the most impactful tasks. Christine Trodella, Quartz at Work, "How to manage remote workers when their productivity dips," 1 Dec. 2020 Forty years after Hilton's passing, the foundation continues to parcel out his largesse to worthy organizations around the world. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Forty Years After Conrad N. Hilton's Death, His Foundation Is Still Giving," 22 Oct. 2020 RydeOn sends a van to Yellow Cab every morning to parcel out grocery boxes to drivers, who bring them to customers between 8 and 11 a.m. — times that ordinarily are slow anyway. Carolyn Said,, "Taxi drivers: We’re ready to step in if Uber and Lyft bail," 11 Sep. 2020 Even if political and industry leaders in the U.S. backed collaboration with OPEC in principle, operators in the U.S. shale patch would somehow need to parcel out their share of any collective cutback. Grant Smith,, "Trump Push for OPEC+ Deal to Cut Oil Supply Draws Disbelief," 2 Apr. 2020 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, "A 42-Acre Hamptons Estate Is About To Break Local Real Estate Records," 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,, "Royal Mail Labor Troubles Put Long-Term Targets in Jeopardy," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Parcel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parcel

: a section or area of land
: a box or large envelope that is usually given, sent, or delivered to a person


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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