pas·​sel ˈpa-səl How to pronounce passel (audio)
: a large number or amount

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Passel and Parcel

Loss of the sound of "r" after a vowel and before a consonant in the middle of a word is common in spoken English. This linguistic idiosyncrasy has given the language a few new words, including cuss from curse, bust from burst, and passel from parcel.

Examples of passel in a Sentence

reporters had a whole passel of questions for the new basketball coach the young couple helped a passel of students in the span of a few years
Recent Examples on the Web Mothers, children, and the disabled clutch passels of documents along the sidewalk. Abraham Nussbaum and Renee Y. Hsia, STAT, 2 Nov. 2023 In a group interview at the theater, the producers outlined a passel of initiatives to entice audiences of all ages to the musical, a rollicking, 90-minute party under a glittering disco ball. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 Thankfully, a passel of gifted mischief-makers — including Michael Urie, James Monroe Iglehart, Nik Walker, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Christopher Fitzgerald, Ethan Slater and Jimmy Smagula — are along for the ride as well. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2023 So who among the team's passel of prospects has stood out and is likely to wear a Brewers uniform sometime soon? Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 21 Mar. 2023 The Celtics have accumulated a passel of second-round picks. Globe Staff,, 20 July 2023 The picture Springer eventually took of that farm school features a passel of children gathered like a choir of angels, sitting on hay bales between their school lessons, bathed in afternoon light as if in a Renaissance painting. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 18 July 2023 So co-defensive coordinator Marcus Woodson and defensive backs coach Deron Wilson are implementing new schemes in the secondary with a veteran group that includes Hudson Clark, Jayden Johnson, Malik Chavis and transfer Al Walcott, plus a passel of newcomers. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 4 Aug. 2023 The show follows the fight, flight and uphill climb of Tharpe, whose concert and recording career, segueing from gospel to swing to R&B, were influences on Elvis Presley, Little Richard and a passel of other rock-and-rollers. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2023

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Word History


alteration of parcel

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of passel was in 1835


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Cite this Entry

“Passel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


pas·​sel ˈpas-əl How to pronounce passel (audio)
: a large number : group
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