Etymology: Middle English deel, from Old English dǣl; akin to Old English dāl division, portion, Old High German teil part
Date: before 12th century
1. obsolete part, portion
2. a usually large or indefinite quantity or degree <a great deal of support> <a good deal faster> 3. a. the act or right of distributing cards to players in a card game b. hand 9b II. verb (dealt; dealing) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to give as one's portion ; apportion <tried to deal justice to all> <dealt out three sandwiches apiece> b. to distribute (playing cards) to players in a game 2. administer, deliver <dealt him a blow> 3. a. sell <deals drugs> b. trade <deal a player to another team> intransitive verb 1. to distribute the cards in a card game 2. to concern oneself or itself <the book deals with education> 3. a. to engage in bargaining ; trade b. to sell or distribute something as a business <deal in insurance> 4. a. to take action with regard to someone or something <deal with an offender> b. to reach or try to reach a state of acceptance or reconcilement <trying to deal with her son's death> Synonyms: see distribute • dealer noun III. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. an act of dealing ; transaction b. bargain c. contract 1a <signed a 2-year deal> 2. package deal 3. treatment received <a dirty deal> 4. an arrangement for mutual advantage 5. affair 2 <dinner was an informal deal> 6. situation, story <what is the deal with that guy?> 7. McCoy — used in the phrase the real deal IV. noun Etymology: Middle English dele, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, plank; akin to Old High German dili plank — more at thill Date: 14th century 1. British a board of fir or pine 2. pine or fir wood • deal adjective
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.