A parcel is a part of something, or a division. It can also be a package or a collection of things wrapped together.

Parcel comes from the Anglo-Norman word for "part." Often when we use parcel to mean a part, we're talking about land, which is divided into definable (and purchasable) tracts. As a verb, parcel means to divide something into parts, just as after trick-or-treating you might parcel your candy stash into piles of chocolates, peppermints, or toffees. If you're selling the family farm, you might parcel it into four small plots.

Definitions of parcel
  1. noun
    a wrapped container
    synonyms: package
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    bundle, sheaf
    a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
    a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
    a small package or bundle
    a large bundle bound for storage or transport
    faggot, fagot
    a bundle of sticks and branches bound together
    a bundle (especially one carried on the back)
    a bundle containing the personal belongings of a swagman
    type of:
    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)
  2. noun
    a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
    synonyms: bundle, package, packet
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    a small bundle of straw or hay
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  3. verb
    make into a wrapped container
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    wrap, wrap up
    arrange or fold as a cover or protection
  4. noun
    an extended area of land
    synonyms: parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
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    baseball diamond, diamond, infield
    the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate
    center, center field, centerfield
    the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher
    left, left field, leftfield
    the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
    the area of a baseball playing field beyond the lines connecting the bases
    right, right field, rightfield
    the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
    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
    arid land with little or no vegetation
    a fertile tract in a desert (where the water table approaches the surface)
    battlefield, battleground, field, field of battle, field of honor
    a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought
    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
    a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed
    field of fire
    the area that a weapon or group of weapons can cover effectively with gun fire from a given position
    a tract of land cleared for some special purposes (recreation or burial etc.)
    athletic field, field, playing area, playing field
    a piece of land prepared for playing a game
    industrial park
    a tract of land at a distance from city center that is designed for a cluster of businesses and factories
    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
    an open area for holding fairs or exhibitions or circuses
    the place at a fair or carnival where sideshows and similar amusements are located
    a tract of ground free of obstacles to movement
    park, parkland
    a large area of land preserved in its natural state as public property
    common, commons, green, park
    a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
    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
    a large tract of grassy, open land on which livestock can graze
    a portion of a military position
    land site, site
    the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)
    an area composed of subdivided lots
    mine field
    a tract of land containing explosive mines
    a piece of ground having specific characteristics or military potential
    patch, plot, plot of ground, plot of land
    a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
    a parcel of land having fixed boundaries
    a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings)
    a tract of land where logs are accumulated
    arena, scene of action
    a playing field where sports events take place
    ball field, baseball field, diamond
    the baseball playing field
    a plot of ground in which plants are growing
    camp, summer camp
    a site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months
    a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played
    football field, gridiron
    the playing field on which football is played
    a plot of ground where plants are cultivated
    marshalling yard
    a railway yard in which trains are assembled and goods are loaded
    palaestra, palestra
    a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes
    curtilage, grounds, yard
    the enclosed land around a house or other building
    amusement park, funfair, pleasure ground
    a commercially operated park with stalls and shows for amusement
    (golf) the part of the fairway leading onto the green
    bomb site
    an area in a town that has been devastated by bombs
    bowling green
    a field of closely mowed turf for playing bowls
    bivouac, campground, camping area, camping ground, camping site, campsite, encampment
    a site where people on holiday can pitch a tent
    a field on which the buildings of a university are situated
    burial ground, burial site, burying ground, cemetery, graveyard, memorial park, necropolis
    a tract of land used for burials
    archeological site, dig, excavation
    the site of an archeological exploration
    dump, dumpsite, garbage dump, rubbish dump, trash dump, waste-yard, wasteyard
    a piece of land where waste materials are dumped
    the area between the tee and putting green where the grass is cut short
    an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
    hayfield, meadow
    a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay
    firebreak, fireguard
    a narrow field that has been cleared to check the spread of a prairie fire or forest fire
    grain field, grainfield
    a field where grain is grown
    green, putting green, putting surface
    an area of closely cropped grass surrounding the hole on a golf course
    home range, home territory
    the area in which an animal normally ranges
    a field where junk is collected and stored for resale
    launching site
    a place for launching pads
    a field of cultivated and mowed grass
    an important site that is marked and preserved as public property
    national park
    a tract of land declared by the national government to be public property
    paddy, paddy field, rice paddy
    an irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown
    car park, park, parking area, parking lot
    a lot where cars are parked
    grazing land, lea, ley, pasture, pastureland
    a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
    a breeding ground for epidemic disease
    a treeless grassy plain
    piazza, place, plaza
    a public square with room for pedestrians
    land and the buildings on it
    the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short
    a breeding ground for gregarious birds (such as rooks)
    safari park
    an area of parkland where wild animals are kept and can be viewed by visitors driving through
    savanna, savannah
    a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions
    the yard associated with a school
    God's acre, churchyard
    the yard associated with a church
    tee, teeing ground
    the starting place for each hole on a golf course
    Superfund site, toxic site, toxic waste area
    a site where toxic wastes have been dumped and the Environmental Protection Agency has designated them to be cleaned up
    building site, vacant lot
    a lot on which there are no permanent buildings
    veld, veldt
    elevated open grassland in southern Africa
    village green
    a village park consisting of a plot of grassy land
    (formerly) an enclosed field for tilting contests
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    geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
    a demarcated area of the Earth
  5. noun
    the allotment of some amount by dividing something
    synonyms: portion, share
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    allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assignation, parceling, parcelling
    the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan
  6. verb
    divide into parts
    “The developers parceled the land”
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    carve up, dissever, divide, divvy, separate, split, split up
    separate into parts or portions
  7. verb
    cover with strips of canvas
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    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
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