- The definition of a parcel is a package, or a piece of land.
- An example of a parcel is what the Fedex delivery person brings to a home.
- An example of a parcel is an acre of land.
- Parcel is defined as to package or divide up.
An example of to parcel is to divide up the remaining cookies among the three children.
A man delivers a parcel.
- a small, wrapped bundle; package
- a quantity or unit of some commodity put up for sale
- a group or collection; pack; bunch: a parcel of fools
- a piece, as of land, usually a specific part of a large acreage or estate
- a portion or part: now only in , an inseparable or essential part
Origin of parcelMiddle English ; from Middle French parcelle ; from Late Latin an unverified form particella, for Classical Latin particula: see particle
transitive verbparceled or parcelled, parceling or parcelling
- to separate into parts and distribute; apportion: with out
- to make up in or as a parcel
- Naut. to wrap in parceling
- Something wrapped up or packaged; a package.
- A plot of land, usually a division of a larger area.
- A quantity of merchandise offered for sale.
- A group or company; a pack: “this youthful parcel of noble bachelors” (Shakespeare).
transitive verbpar·celed, par·cel·ing, par·cels also par·celled or par·cel·ling
- To divide into parts and distribute: parceled out the land to their three children.
- To make into a parcel; package.
- Nautical To wind protective strips of canvas around (rope).
Origin of parcelMiddle English, from Old French, portion, from Vulgar Latin *particella, diminutive of Latin particula, diminutive of pars, part-, part; see per&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A package wrapped for shipment.
- I saw a brown paper parcel on my doorstep.
- An individual consignment of cargo for shipment, regardless of size and form.
- A division of land bought and sold as a unit.
- I own a small parcel of land between the refinery and the fish cannery.
- An indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group.
- A small amount of food that has been wrapped up, for example a pastry.
- A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part.
- A certain piece of land is part and parcel of another piece.
(third-person singular simple present parcels, present participle parceling or parcelling, simple past and past participle parceled or parcelled)
- One that [...] was parcel-bearded.