What does parcel mean?

Definitions for parcel
ˈpɑr səlpar·cel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. package, parcelnoun

    a wrapped container

  2. parcel, portion, sharenoun

    the allotment of some amount by dividing something

    "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"

  3. tract, piece of land, piece of ground, parcel of land, parcelnoun

    an extended area of land

  4. package, bundle, packet, parcelverb

    a collection of things wrapped or boxed together

  5. parcelverb

    divide into parts

    "The developers parceled the land"

  6. parcelverb

    cover with strips of canvas

    "parcel rope"

  7. parcelverb

    make into a wrapped container


  1. parcelnoun

    A package wrapped for shipment.

    I saw a brown paper parcel on my doorstep.

  2. parcelnoun

    A division of land bought and sold as a unit.

    I own a small parcel of land between the refinery and the fish cannery.

  3. parcelnoun

    A group of birds.

  4. parcelnoun

    A small amount of food that has been wrapped up, for example a pastry.

  5. parcelverb

    To wrap something up into the form of a package.

  6. parcelverb

    To wrap a strip around the end of a rope.

    Worm and parcel with the lay; turn and serve the other way.

  7. Etymology: From parcelle, from particella, contr. parcella, dim. of particula, diminutive of pars.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PARCELnoun

    Etymology: parcelle, French; particula, Latin.

    Women, Silvius, had they mark’d him
    In parcels, as I did, would have gone near
    To fall in love with him. William Shakespeare.

    I drew from her a prayer of earnest heart,
    That I would all my pilgrimage dilate;
    Whereof by parcels she had something heard,
    But not distinctively. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    An inventory thus importing,
    The several parcels of his plate, his treasure,
    Rich stuffs and ornaments of houshold. William Shakespeare.

    I have known pensions given to particular persons, any one of which, if divided into smaller parcels, and distributed to those, who distinguish themselves by wit or learning, would answer the end. Jonathan Swift.

    The same experiments succeed on two parcels of the white of an egg, only it grows somewhat thicker upon mixing with an acid. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    What can be rationally conceived in so transparent a substance as water for the production of these colours, besides the various sizes of its fluid and globular parcels. Newton.

    This youthful parcel
    Of noble batchelors stand at my bestowing. William Shakespeare.

    They came to this conclusion; that, unless they could, by a parcel of fair words and pretences, engage them into a confederacy, there was no good to be done. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Parcelverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    If they allot and parcel out several perfections to several deities, do they not, by this, assert contradictions, making deity only to such a measure perfect; whereas a deity implies perfection beyond all measure. Robert South, Sermons.

    Those ghostly kings would parcel out my pow’r,
    And all the fatness of my land devour. Dryden.

    What a wounding shame,
    That mine own servant should
    Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
    Addition of his envy! William Shakespeare.


  1. parcel

    A parcel is a package or a unit of something, often wrapped up and sent by mail or courier, or a piece of land owned or used by someone. More broadly, it can refer to a quantity or amount of something, usually considered as a unit or component of a larger whole.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parcelnoun

    a portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part

  2. Parcelnoun

    a part; a portion; a piece; as, a certain piece of land is part and parcel of another piece

  3. Parcelnoun

    an indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group

  4. Parcelnoun

    a number or quantity of things put up together; a bundle; a package; a packet

  5. Parcelverb

    to divide and distribute by parts or portions; -- often with out or into

  6. Parcelverb

    to add a parcel or item to; to itemize

  7. Parcelverb

    to make up into a parcel; as, to parcel a customer's purchases; the machine parcels yarn, wool, etc

  8. Parcel

    part or half; in part; partially. Shak. [Sometimes hyphened with the word following.]

  9. Etymology: [F. parcelle a small part, fr. (assumed) LL. particella, dim. of L. pars. See Part, n., and cf. Particle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parcel

    pär′sel, n. a little part: a portion: a quantity, as of single articles: a number forming a group or a lot: a package.—v.t. to divide into portions:—pr.p. par′celling; pa.t. and pa.p. par′celled.n. Par′cel-bawd (Shak.), one partly a bawd.—adjs. Par′cel-beard′ed (Tenn.), partially bearded; Par′cel-gilt, partially gilded.—n. Par′cel-off′ice, a place where parcels are received for despatch and delivery.—Parcels post, that department of the post-office which takes charge of the forwarding and delivery of small parcels. [Fr. parcelle (It. particella)—L. particula, dim. of pars, partis, a part.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Parcel is ranked #42720 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Parcel surname appeared 507 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Parcel.

    94.2% or 478 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parcel' in Nouns Frequency: #2643

Anagrams for parcel »

  1. carpel

  2. placer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parcel in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parcel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of parcel in a Sentence

  1. Ted Cruz:

    I like Marco. I respect him, i think he's charming and talented and charismatic. We've had some policy disagreements, but that's part and parcel of politics.

  2. Phil Lachowycz:

    It is part and parcel of the tightening.

  3. Jukka Rosenberg:

    This is part of the testing new technologies in our parcel delivery and post deliveries and this could be an opportunity which we are now testing.

  4. Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein:

    It's too soon to announce anything about it, it's part and parcel of the industry and it's a proposal we look at and I have been very transparent with the Malaysian public that it's a question of affordability.

  5. Angela Carter:

    Fine art, that exists for itself alone, is art in a final state of impotence. If nobody, including the artist, acknowledges art as a means of knowing the world, then art is relegated to a kind of rumpus room of the mind and the irresponsibility of the artist and the irrelevance of art to actual living becomes part and parcel of the practice of art.

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    the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
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