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Oct 25, 2016
This week’s theme
Words formed by dialectal pronunciation

This week’s words
ornery
passel
sassy
tarnal
raiment

a passel of puppies
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passel

PRONUNCIATION:
(PAS-uhl)

MEANING:
noun: A large group or a large number.

ETYMOLOGY:
Alteration of parcel, from Anglo-French parcele, from Latin particella, diminutive of particula (small part), diminutive of pars (part). Earliest documented use: 1325.

USAGE:
“Must be tough, going from no relatives at all to a whole passel of them.”
Vicki Lewis Thompson; Midnight Thunder; Harlequin; 2015.

See more usage examples of passel in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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