parcel

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noun

par·​cel ˈpär-səl How to pronounce parcel (audio)
1
: a tract or plot of land
a parcel of real estate
2
a
: 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 kidsMark Twain
4
a
: 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

parcel

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verb

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

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

parcel

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adjective

parcel

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adverb

archaic
: partly

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
Advertisement The Newsom administration still faces questions as the landlord of the parcel where the fire ignited and engulfed the underbelly of a major metropolitan freeway. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 In downtown areas, all food deliveries and an increasing percentage of parcels are delivered by electric scooters and electric cargo trikes. Michael Barnard, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 That official had worked previously for Metro, which owns the Greenbelt parcel, which the FBI said was a concern given how the decision-making was done. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 Under the 1887 Dawes Act, reservations could be divided into allotments, or 160-acre parcels of land granted to individual Native Americans for farming. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Oct. 2023 Some of the parcels that Flannery bought in the last month were owned by Barnes Family Ranch Associates, Lambie Ranch Associates and Kirby Hill Associates, three of the defendants named in the lawsuit that the company filed in May in Sacramento federal court. Nadia Lopez, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2023 The state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday voted to allow the county to use the parcel in Olowalu, about 5 miles south of Lahaina. Audrey McAvoy The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 29 Oct. 2023 Records show the real estate investor paid roughly $4.5 million in late 2002 for the 1.5-acre parcel, then subsequently razed an existing 1940s home originally designed by architect A. Quincy Jones to make way for the new residence. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2023 According to the Post, Griffin has agreed to consolidate all of these parcels on Blossom Way and Ocean Boulevard to make one estate to rule them all. Curbed, 20 Oct. 2023
Verb
According to Pam Fechter, city’s planning and economic development coordinator, the new owners are renovating the space and may be parceling the building off for multiple tenants. Jshortavon, cleveland, 23 July 2023 During an event like ArkFuture, perfect operation of a dam would take the total inflow, which comes in peaks and troughs, and parcel it out evenly. Christopher Cox Spencer Lowell, New York Times, 22 June 2023 Rumors began floating last fall that McCall, who has been at the helm of ITV since 2018, was considering selling off the conglomerate or potentially parceling some of it off. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 1 Mar. 2023 This week’s auction is part of an ambitious schedule by the Biden administration to parcel out ocean blocks for new wind farms to ring the nation’s coastlines. Jennifer Hiller, WSJ, 6 Dec. 2022 The information cloud is going to be there, and someone will parcel and claim it. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 31 Mar. 2013 Decisions that were made to parcel out PPEs based on population rather than community need also were scrutinized. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 8 Dec. 2022 Typically in the last quarter of the year, cargo carriers from container lines to parcel operators bulk up their profits on strong demand. Paul Berger, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2022 So there couldn’t be a better time to parcel out a caviar tree ornament to foodie friends. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Nov. 2022
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, Bloomberg.com, 29 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun, Verb, Adjective, and Adverb

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near parcel

Cite this Entry

“Parcel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parcel. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

parcel

1 of 2 noun
par·​cel ˈpär-səl How to pronounce parcel (audio)
1
: a part of a whole : portion
2
: a plot of land
3
: a group or collections of persons or things
told a parcel of lies
4
: a wrapped bundle

parcel

2 of 2 verb
parceled or parcelled; parceling or parcelling
ˈpär-s(ə-)liŋ
1
: to divide into parts : distribute
2
: to wrap up into a parcel

Legal Definition

parcel

noun
par·​cel ˈpär-səl How to pronounce parcel (audio)
: a tract or plot of land

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