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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin particula; PARTICLE

parcel

1 noun
     
parcel
Related topics: Food, Mail
par‧cel1 S3 [countable]
1 especially British EnglishTCM an object that has been wrapped in paper or put in a special envelope, especially so that it can be sent by post [= package]:
The parcel was delivered last week.
He sends regular food parcels to his family in Libya.
parcel of
a parcel of clothes and blankets
2 an area of land that is part of a larger area which has been divided up
parcel of
a parcel of farmland
3 British EnglishDF a small quantity of food that has been wrapped up, usually in pastry

➔ be part and parcel of something

at part1 (28)

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