parcel[ pahr-suh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF parcel
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PARCEL
Lizzie could not control her laughter when he said "parcel."
When the parcel comes to your hands, as I hope it safely will, you will be pleased to open it.
I have luckily deposited my parcel, and have your letter of last night.
If Robert take this without the parcel, pray let him return immediately for it.
I ought yesterday to have acknowledged the receipt of your parcel.
It was lucky; for I doubt not they had numbered how many were in the parcel.
It was enclosed in a pasteboard box, and, when packed, looked just like the parcel of pills.
She took down the parcel from the shelf and undid the string.
Never did I hear of such a parcel of foolish toads as these Harlowes!
The law was being lived about him by all live things, and he himself was part and parcel of the law.
late 14c., "a portion of something, a part" (sense preserved in phrase parcel of land, c.1400), from Old French parcele "small piece, particle, parcel," from Vulgar Latin *particella, diminutive of Latin particula "small part, little bit," itself a diminutive of pars (genitive partis) "part" (see part (n.)).
Meaning "package" is first recorded 1640s, earlier "a quantity of goods in a package" (mid-15c.), from late 14c. sense of "an amount or quantity of anything." The expression part and parcel (early 15c.) also preserves the older sense; both words mean the same, the multiplicity is for emphasis.