Meaning of “parcel” in the English Dictionary

"parcel" in British English

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parcelnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɑː.səl/ us /ˈpɑːr.səl/

parcel noun [ C ] (TO SEND)

B1 mainly UK US usually package an object or collection of objects wrapped in paper, especially so that it can be sent by post:

a food parcel
The parcel was wrapped in plain brown paper.

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  • The parcel was clearly labelled 'Fragile'.
  • She excitedly ripped the parcel open.
  • a parcel tied with string
  • I had to sign for the parcel when I collected it from the post office.
  • I sent the parcel by surface mail.

(Definition of “parcel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"parcel" in American English

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parcelnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpɑr·səl/

an object or collection of objects wrapped in paper; a package:

a food parcel

A parcel of land is an area of it:

a 50-acre parcel on Lake Mead

(Definition of “parcel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"parcel" in Business English

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parcelnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɑːsəl/ us

UK also package an object or collection of objects wrapped in paper, especially so that it can be sent by post:

There were several parcels waiting for her in the post room.

FINANCE a collection of things, for example investments, that are sold and bought together:

The parcel of shares is worth between €2,000 and €3,000.

PROPERTY, MEASURES a unit representing an area of land that is made up of smaller parts, usually acres:

A 100-acre parcel in Texas was one of five sites selected for development.

(Definition of “parcel” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)