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parcel

noun par·cel \ ˈpär-səl \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of parcel

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 kids
  • —Mark 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

Examples of parcel in a Sentence

  1. a parcel of real estate

  2. her absurd explanation for the collision was a parcel of lies

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Origin and Etymology of parcel

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

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parcel

verb

Definition of parcel

parceled or parcelled; parceling or parcelling play \ˈpär-s(ə-)liŋ\
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

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Origin and Etymology of parcel


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parcel

adjective

Definition of parcel

Origin and Etymology of parcel


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parcel

adverb

Definition of parcel

archaic
: partly

Origin and Etymology of parcel



PARCEL Defined for English Language Learners

parcel

Definition of parcel for English Language Learners

  • : a section or area of land

  • : a box or large envelope that is usually given, sent, or delivered to a person


PARCEL Defined for Kids

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parcel

noun par·cel \ ˈpär-səl \

Definition of parcel for Students

1 : package 1
2 : a plot of land

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parcel

verb

Definition of parcel for Students

parceled or parcelled; parceling or parcelling
: to divide and give out by parts We parceled out the candy.

Law Dictionary

parcel

noun par·cel \ ˈpär-səl \

legal Definition of parcel

: a tract or plot of land


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