pas·​sel | \ ˈpa-səl How to pronounce passel (audio) \

Definition of passel

: a large number or amount

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Passel and Parcel

The loss of the sound of "r" after a vowel and before another consonant in the middle of a word is common in spoken English. This linguistic idiosyncrasy has given our language a few new words, such as cuss from curse, bust from burst, and our featured word passel from parcel. The spelling passel originated in the 15th century, but the word's use as a collective noun for an indefinite number is a 19th-century Americanism. It was common primarily in local-color writing before getting a boost in the 1940s, when it began appearing in popular weekly magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and Saturday Review.

Examples of passel in a Sentence

reporters had a whole passel of questions for the new basketball coach the young couple had a passel of babies in the span of a few years

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Bad timing Supermajority or not, Democrats came to the session with a passel of priorities beyond the climate bill: A business gross receipts tax to fund schools, pension reform, rent control, affordable housing and Medicaid taxes., "How Oregon’s climate-change bill ran out of gas," 30 June 2019 Part of the passel of changes that the supervisors supported Tuesday was spending millions this year and next to double the number of people that Palomar Health in inland North County can serve in its crisis stabilization unit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisors endorse psychiatric services plan, send Tri-City effort back to the drawing board," 26 June 2019 Each is available in lustrous black or indigo blue and decorates a passel of products, from teapots and coffee mugs to fruit bowls and dinner plates. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "A New Transferware Collaboration From Ralph Lauren and Burleigh," 11 Dec. 2018 Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters Next week, Apple is expected to announce a new Apple Watch and AirPods along with a passel of new iPhones. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "In Apple’s Third Act, the iPhone Plays Supporting Role," 6 Sep. 2018 It was nominated for the usual passel of Emmys in the summer of 1993. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The rise, fall, and unlikely return of Murphy Brown, explained," 27 Sep. 2018 Gone are the days when CC Sabathia or Carlos Beltran would change hands midseason with a passel of prospects coming back in return. Tom Verducci,, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Beijing then threatened 25% tariffs on U.S. soybeans shortly after the U.S. targeted a passel of Chinese goods for alleged violation of U.S. intellectual property laws. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Trump Looks to Assuage Trade Critics With Farm Package," 11 Apr. 2018 In its fourth year, the three-day music festival boasts major stars of the genre as well as a passel of up-and-coming acts. Chrissie Dickinson,, "Country Lakeshake bringing the best, the brightest and everybody else," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of passel

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for passel

alteration of parcel

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English Language Learners Definition of passel

US, informal : a large number or group of people or things

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