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1. Something wrapped up or packaged; a package.
2. A plot of land, usually a division of a larger area.
3. A quantity of merchandise offered for sale.
4. A group or company; a pack: "this youthful parcel of noble bachelors" (Shakespeare).
tr.v. par·celed, par·cel·ing, par·cels also par·celled or par·cel·ling
1. To divide into parts and distribute: parceled out the land to their three children.
2. To make into a parcel; package.
3. Nautical To wind protective strips of canvas around (rope).

[Middle English, from Old French, portion, from Vulgar Latin *particella, diminutive of Latin particula, diminutive of pars, part-, part; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. something wrapped up; package
2. a group of people or things having some common characteristic
3. (Commerce) a quantity of some commodity offered for sale; lot
4. (Physical Geography) a distinct portion of land
5. an essential part of something (esp in the phrase part and parcel)
vb (tr) , -cels, -celling or -celled, -cels, -celing or -celed
6. (often foll by up) to make a parcel of; wrap up
7. (often foll by out) to divide (up) into portions
8. (Nautical Terms) nautical to bind strips of canvas around (a rope)
an archaic word for partly
[C14: from Old French parcelle, from Latin particula particle]
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(ˈpɑr səl)

n., v. -celed, -cel•ing (esp. Brit.) -celled, -cel•ling, n.
1. an object or objects wrapped or packed up to form a small bundle; package.
2. a quantity or unit of something, as of a commodity for sale; lot.
3. a group or assemblage of persons or things.
4. a distinct, continuous tract of land.
5. a part, portion, or fragment.
6. to divide into or distribute in portions (usu. fol. by out).
7. to make into or wrap as a parcel.
8. to cover or wrap (a rope) with strips of canvas.
9. Archaic. in part; partially.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French parcelle < Vulgar Latin *particella, for Latin particula; see particle]
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 a small amount; a small party; a company or collection of persons, animals, or things; articles for sale, See also bundle.
Examples: parcel of bachelors; of blockheads, 1702; of blood, 1548; of books, 1562; of brutes, 1778; of cocoa, 1897; of crows, 1712; of fair dames, 1588; of diamonds; of wry faces, 1818; of fire, 1864; of hay, 1863; of hens and chickens, 1775; of horses, 1689; of ideas, 1785; of land, 1642; of lies, 1758; of linnets, 1895; of liquor, 1757; of mathematicians; of matter, 1834; of money, 1586; of observations, 1822; of penguins (when walking together), 1615; of people, 1449; of riff-raff, 1811; of sheep, 1780; of soldiers, 1598; of sugar, 1882; of tobacco, 1648; of weather, 1734; of woes.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. 'parcel' and 'package'

A parcel or package is an object or group of objects wrapped in paper, that can be carried somewhere or sent by post. The two words have almost exactly the same meaning in British English, but a parcel usually has a more regular shape than a package.

Charities sent parcels of food and clothes to the refugees.
I am taking this package to the post office.

In American English, package is usually used rather than 'parcel'.

2. 'packet'

In British English, a packet is a small container in which a quantity of something is sold. Packets are either small boxes made of thin cardboard, or bags or envelopes made of paper or plastic.

There was an empty cereal packet on the table.
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.

In American English, a container like this is usually called a package or pack.

A packet of or a package of something can refer either to the container and its contents, or to the contents only.

The shelf was stacked with packages of rice and dried peas.
He ate a whole a packet of biscuits.
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Past participle: parcelled
Gerund: parcelling

I parcel
you parcel
he/she/it parcels
we parcel
you parcel
they parcel
I parcelled
you parcelled
he/she/it parcelled
we parcelled
you parcelled
they parcelled
Present Continuous
I am parcelling
you are parcelling
he/she/it is parcelling
we are parcelling
you are parcelling
they are parcelling
Present Perfect
I have parcelled
you have parcelled
he/she/it has parcelled
we have parcelled
you have parcelled
they have parcelled
Past Continuous
I was parcelling
you were parcelling
he/she/it was parcelling
we were parcelling
you were parcelling
they were parcelling
Past Perfect
I had parcelled
you had parcelled
he/she/it had parcelled
we had parcelled
you had parcelled
they had parcelled
I will parcel
you will parcel
he/she/it will parcel
we will parcel
you will parcel
they will parcel
Future Perfect
I will have parcelled
you will have parcelled
he/she/it will have parcelled
we will have parcelled
you will have parcelled
they will have parcelled
Future Continuous
I will be parcelling
you will be parcelling
he/she/it will be parcelling
we will be parcelling
you will be parcelling
they will be parcelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been parcelling
you have been parcelling
he/she/it has been parcelling
we have been parcelling
you have been parcelling
they have been parcelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been parcelling
you will have been parcelling
he/she/it will have been parcelling
we will have been parcelling
you will have been parcelling
they will have been parcelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been parcelling
you had been parcelling
he/she/it had been parcelling
we had been parcelling
you had been parcelling
they had been parcelling
I would parcel
you would parcel
he/she/it would parcel
we would parcel
you would parcel
they would parcel
Past Conditional
I would have parcelled
you would have parcelled
he/she/it would have parcelled
we would have parcelled
you would have parcelled
they would have parcelled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parcel - a wrapped containerparcel - a wrapped container      
sheaf, bundle - a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
pack - a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
packet - a small package or bundle
2.parcel - the allotment of some amount by dividing something; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"
apportioning, apportionment, parceling, parcelling, assignation, allocation, allotment - the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan; "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"
3.parcel - an extended area of landparcel - an extended area of land    
baseball diamond, infield, diamond - the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate
center field, centerfield, center - the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"
left field, leftfield, left - the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left; "the batter flied out to left"
outfield - the area of a baseball playing field beyond the lines connecting the bases
right field, rightfield, right - the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
short - the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
railway yard, railyard, yard - an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines
desert - arid land with little or no vegetation
oasis - a fertile tract in a desert (where the water table approaches the surface)
battlefield, battleground, field of battle, field of honor, field - a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought; "they made a tour of Civil War battlefields"
minefield - a region in which explosives mines have been placed
breeding ground - a place where animals breed
clearing, glade - a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area
field - a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed; "he planted a field of wheat"
field of fire - the area that a weapon or group of weapons can cover effectively with gun fire from a given position
grounds - a tract of land cleared for some special purposes (recreation or burial etc.)
athletic field, playing area, playing field, field - a piece of land prepared for playing a game; "the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field"
industrial park - a tract of land at a distance from city center that is designed for a cluster of businesses and factories
grassland - land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
mud flat - a tract of low muddy land near an estuary; covered at high tide and exposed at low tide
parade ground - an area for holding parades
fairground - an open area for holding fairs or exhibitions or circuses
midway - the place at a fair or carnival where sideshows and similar amusements are located
fairway - a tract of ground free of obstacles to movement
park, parkland - a large area of land preserved in its natural state as public property; "there are laws that protect the wildlife in this park"
common, commons, green, park - a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area; "they went for a walk in the park"
picnic area, picnic ground - a tract of land set aside for picnicking
public square, square - an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
toll plaza - an area where tollbooths are located
range - a large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze; "they used to drive the cattle across the open range every spring"; "he dreamed of a home on the range"
sector - a portion of a military position
land site, site - the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located); "a good site for the school"
subdivision - an area composed of subdivided lots
mine field - a tract of land containing explosive mines
terrain - a piece of ground having specific characteristics or military potential; "they decided to attack across the rocky terrain"
plot of ground, plot of land, patch, plot - a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch"
lot - a parcel of land having fixed boundaries; "he bought a lot on the lake"
yard - a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings); "they opened a repair yard on the edge of town"
yard - a tract of land where logs are accumulated
4.parcel - a collection of things wrapped or boxed togetherparcel - a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
wisp - a small bundle of straw or hay
Verb1.parcel - divide into parts; "The developers parceled the land"
carve up, dissever, divide, split, split up, separate - separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
2.parcel - cover with strips of canvas; "parcel rope"
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
3.parcel - make into a wrapped container
wrap, wrap up - arrange or fold as a cover or protection; "wrap the baby before taking her out"; "Wrap the present"
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1. package, case, box, pack, packet, bundle, carton They sent parcels of food and clothing.
2. plot, area, property, section, patch, tract, allotment, piece of land These small parcels of land were sold to the local people.
3. group, crowd, pack, company, lot, band, collection, crew, gang, bunch, batch He described them, quite rightly, as a parcel of rogues.
1. (often with up) wrap, pack, package, tie up, do up, gift-wrap, box up, fasten together We parcelled up our unwanted clothes to take to the charity shop.
parcel something out distribute, divide, portion, allocate, split up, dispense, allot, carve up, mete out, dole out, share out, apportion, deal out The inheritance was parcelled out equally among the three brothers.
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A piece of land:
phrasal verb
parcel out
To give out in portions or shares:
Slang: divvy.
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A. N
1. (= package) → paquete m
pass the parcel (Brit) juego infantil en que los niños van desenvolviendo un paquete haciéndolo pasar de mano en mano
see also part A1
2. [of land] → parcela f, lote m
3. (Brit) (= quantity) a parcel of nonsenseuna sarta de disparates
a parcel of idiotsuna panda de idiotas
B. CPD parcel bomb Npaquete-bomba m
parcel office Ndepartamento m de paquetes
parcel post Nservicio m de paquetes postales
parcel out VT + ADVrepartir; [+ land] → parcelar
parcel up VT + ADVempaquetar; (large size) → embalar
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(= package) → colis m parcel shelf
[land] → parcelle f
to be part and parcel of sth → faire partie intégrante de qch
parcel out
vt seprépartir
parcel up
vt sepempaqueterparcel bomb ncolis m piégéparcel post ncolis m postal
to send sth by parcel post → envoyer qch par colis postalparcel shelf n (in car)plage f arrière
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(esp Brit) → Paket nt; to do something up in a parceletw als Paket packen; parcel postPaketpost f; to send something (by) parcel postetw als Paket schicken
a parcel of landein Stück ntLand
? part N a
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[ˈpɑːsl] n (gen) → pacchetto; (larger) → pacco; (of land) → appezzamento (fig) (of fools, liars) → branco; (of lies) → mucchio
parcel out vt + adv (inheritance) → dividere; (land) → distribuire, spartire
parcel up vt + advimpacchettare, fare un pacco di
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(ˈpaːsl) noun
thing(s) wrapped and tied, usually to be sent by post. I got a parcel in the post today.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


طَرْدٌ balík pakke Paket δέμα paquete paketti colis pošiljka pacco 小包 소포 pakje pakke paczka pacote посылка paket พัสดุ paket gói 小包
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References in classic literature ?
Wragge, with a pile of small parcels hugged up in her arms, anxiously waiting the issue of the dispute with the cabman in the street.
The little priest was so much the essence of those Eastern flats; he had a face as round and dull as a Norfolk dumpling; he had eyes as empty as the North Sea; he had several brown paper parcels, which he was quite incapable of collecting.
All candid and intelligent men must, upon due consideration, acknowledge that the principle of the objection is equally applicable to either of the two cases; and that whether we have one government for all the States, or different governments for different parcels of them, or even if there should be an entire separation of the States, there might sometimes be a necessity to make use of a force constituted differently from the militia, to preserve the peace of the community and to maintain the just authority of the laws against those violent invasions of them which amount to insurrections and rebellions.
Having got my second cargo on shore - though I was fain to open the barrels of powder, and bring them by parcels, for they were too heavy, being large casks - I went to work to make me a little tent with the sail and some poles which I cut for that purpose: and into this tent I brought everything that I knew would spoil either with rain or sun; and I piled all the empty chests and casks up in a circle round the tent, to fortify it from any sudden attempt, either from man or beast.
Only let me make the tea first, John; and then I'll help you with the parcels, like a busy bee.
"Not at all, if you'll just wait till they bring out a parcel from the office.
On finding myself alone in my room, I naturally turned my attention to the parcel which appeared to have so strangely intimidated the fresh-coloured young footman.
Then the Mayor pulled out of his pocket a still larger parcel and said,
Van Horn called her his parcel of trouble, and he was anxious to be rid of the parcel, without, however, the utter annihilation of the parcel.
On being told that she did, he handed her a parcel bearing her name, a parcel which she took like one in a dream and bore into the dining-room.
A look in the eyes of a shipmate, a low murmur in the most sheltered spot where the watch on duty are huddled together, a meaning moan from one to the other with a glance at the windward sky, a sigh of weariness, a gesture of disgust passing into the keeping of the great wind, become part and parcel of the gale.
"Well, I'll take this pair." She handed the girl a five-dollar bill and waited for her change and for her parcel. What a very small parcel it was!