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

Definition of passel

: a large number or amount

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 had a passel of babies in the span of a few years
Recent Examples on the Web Ann knocked on the door, which was opened by a teenage girl flanked by a passel of astonished children, then their mother. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Employees and users alike would flee the wreckage for greener pastures, leaving nothing behind but a passel of right-wingers and Elon himself. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 14 July 2022 The clip is part of a passel of special features on the new 4k Ultra HD release of The Godfather trilogy. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 18 Mar. 2022 The show, which was recently nominated for a passel of Tony Awards, features a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 Rounding out the household are a cat, a passel of goats and horses (one, retired from the N.Y.P.D., is named Officer Herman), and a sheepdog rescue. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Most fail, but the rare successes can more than make up for a passel of losers. Michael Liedtke, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Jan. 2022 Imagine being the eldest of 15 children, the first girl followed by five brothers and then a passel of more children. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Mar. 2022 As Corleone family consigliere Tom Hagen, Duvall shared many scenes with Brando, an acting legend among a passel of young newcomers. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Passel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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