parcel

noun
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

parcel

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

parcel

adjective

Definition of parcel (Entry 3 of 4)

parcel

adverb

Definition of parcel (Entry 4 of 4)

archaic

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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 Still, many allotment owners are concerned their holdings will be landlocked if the federal parcels are off limits. Washington Post, "US House OKs protections near historical park in New Mexico," 30 Oct. 2019 Still, many allotment owners are concerned their holdings will be landlocked if the federal parcels are off limits. Susan Montoya Bryan, The Denver Post, "U.S. House OKs protections near historical park in New Mexico," 30 Oct. 2019 And a 22-acre parcel of vacant former industrial land on the west riverfront is in line to become the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park in a few years. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Social media is arguing about how much vacant land is in Detroit — and the number matters," 26 Oct. 2019 The parcels were bombs, and they were set off at the gate to the police station. New York Times, "At a School for Suicide Bombers’ Children, Dancing, Drawing and Deradicalization," 18 Oct. 2019 These land parcels have been under strict coastal regulation zone (CRZ) rules which restrict development. Nikhil S Dixit, Quartz India, "Mumbai’s ecologically important salt pans may soon be opened up for real estate," 15 Oct. 2019 Of the 1,200 acres that remain in private hands, the Alder Creek parcel is by far the largest. Los Angeles Times, "Conservation group to buy Alder Creek giant sequoia grove and world’s fifth-largest tree," 17 Sep. 2019 Some large parcels are home to multiple sites listed in the proposal, such as UCLA, which has numerous day-care facilities on campus. Matt Stiles, www.latimes.com, "L.A. might ban homeless people from sleeping on many streets. What about your block?," 9 Sep. 2019 The most important fact is the huge open land parcel on the east side of Raging Waters, which is prime for development. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: We need to keep Reid-Hillview open for future aviators," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chi said, and are parceled into Year 1 planning grants and Permanent Local Housing Allocation money available afterward. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "H.B. to explore more sites for possible homeless shelter and may consider regional option," 8 Oct. 2019 The proposal also included a village contribution of up to $682,000 for environmental remediation at the senior building’s south parcel. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Developers request six-month extension for Madison Street senior facility, Pete’s Fresh Market plans," 5 Sep. 2019 The county also had to override restrictive rules placed on the West Lake Park parcel that limited the site to park and recreation uses. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Head-spinning real estate deals needed to keep new public safety radio system on track," 5 Sep. 2019 In practice, this means funneling Atlanta’s homeless—from those who have been living on the streets for years to the more recently displaced—into a crowded building where scarce resources are parceled out by way of a kind of triage. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019 For example, managers might need to find creative ways to tweak a person’s responsibilities, or parcel out work elsewhere, without unfairly loading other team members. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "The three-stage blueprint for “crafting” a flexible career," 13 Aug. 2019 The three-week concert series, parceled out among several churches, presents repertory from baroque to brand-new. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "D-FW connections abound in N.M. performances by pianist Haochen Zhang and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale," 6 Aug. 2019 Town officials and residents have been through many discussions of the now vacant parcel off Broad Street in the last decade. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Finally, a proposal for the once “dark side” of the Manchester Parkade," 9 July 2019 Singer has since admitted that his Key Worldwide Foundation was little more than a sham used to launder money from clients and parcel out bribes to coaches, test proctors and bagmen. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "FBI found clues to college admissions scandal years earlier in massive Medicare fraud case," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of parcel

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

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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18 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Parcel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parcelling. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for parcel

parcel

noun
How to pronounce parcel (audio)

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

parcel

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

Kids Definition of parcel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a plot of land

parcel

verb
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.

parcel

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

Legal Definition of parcel

: a tract or plot of land

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