Part and parcel
Parcel Par"cel, n. [F. parcelle a small part, fr. (assumed) LL. particella, dim. of L. pars. See {Part}, n., and cf. {Particle}.] 1. A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part. [Archaic] ``A parcel of her woe.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Two parcels of the white of an egg. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

The parcels of the nation adopted different forms of self-government. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A part; a portion; a piece; as, a certain piece of land is part and parcel of another piece. [1913 Webster]

3. An indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group. [1913 Webster]

This youthful parcel Of noble bachelors stand at my disposing. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A number or quantity of things put up together; a bundle; a package; a packet. [1913 Webster]

'Tis like a parcel sent you by the stage. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

{Bill of parcels}. See under 6th {Bill}.

{Parcel office}, an office where parcels are received for keeping or forwarding and delivery.

{Parcel post}, that department of the post office concerned with the collection and transmission of parcels; also, the transmission through the parcel post deparment; as, to send a package by parcel post. See {parcel post} in the vocabulary.

{Part and parcel}. See under {Part}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • part and parcel — This expression, meaning ‘an essential part of something’, retains an older meaning of parcel that has otherwise not survived, namely ‘a constituent or component part’ (as in Swinburne s Till the soul of man be parcel of the sunlight) …   Modern English usage

  • part and parcel — If something is part and parcel of your job, say, it is an essential and unavoidable part that has to be accepted …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • part and parcel — (of (something)) something that cannot be separated from a condition or activity. Being recognized on the street is part and parcel of being a celebrity …   New idioms dictionary

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  • part and parcel —    If something is part and parcel of your job, say, it is an essential and unavoidable part that has to be accepted.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    Something that is part and parcel of an activity or role is a key component or an… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • part and parcel — if something is part and parcel of an experience, it is a necessary part of that experience which cannot be avoided. Being recognised in the street is all part and parcel of being famous …   New idioms dictionary

  • part and parcel — This phrase is a trite expression meaning an essential part : Devotion to her work was part and parcel of her life. The phrase has some meaning in law, but it is a verbose expression in everyday use to which and parcel adds nothing but words …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Part and parcel —   If something is part and parcel of your job, say, it is an essential and unavoidable part that has to be accepted …   Dictionary of English idioms

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