Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


Discuss
Email this
Feedback
RSS/XML
Permalink

A.Word.A.Day--parietal

Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

This week's theme: Words related to teaching, learning, and schools

parietal (puh-RY-i-tl)

noun:
1. Usually plural, regulations governing visiting privileges of the opposite sex in dormitories of a college campus.
2. A wall of a body part or cavity.

adjective:
1. Of or relating to campus regulations regarding dormitory visits.
2. Of or relating to the various walls in the body or related bones.

[From Latin paries (wall).]

"A group of students at Simon's Rock, part of Bard College, is fighting the parietal rules against nonresident students' staying overnight in single-sex freshmen dormitories."
The New York Times; Parietal Rules Under Attack at Special School; Dec 17, 1989.

See more usage examples of parietal in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

X-Bonus

Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories. -Polybius, historian (c. 205-123 BCE)

Subscribe:

Sign up to receive A.Word.A.Day in your mailbox every day.

Give the Gift of Words

Share the magic of words. Send a gift subscription of A.Word.A.Day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 

Interact:

Bulletin board
Wordsmith Talk

Moderated Chat
Wordsmith Chat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2016 Wordsmith