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A.Word.A.Day--parietal

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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).]

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

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"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.

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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)

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