Goods vs Parcel - What's the difference?

goods | parcel |

As nouns the difference between goods and parcel

is that goods is that which is produced, then traded, bought or sold, then finally consumed while parcel is a package wrapped for shipment.

As a verb parcel is

to wrap something up into the form of a package.

As an adverb parcel is

part or half; in part; partially.




  • (business, economics, plurale tantum) That which is produced, then traded, bought or sold, then finally consumed.
  • (informal, often preceded by the) Something authentic, important, or revealing.
  • (transport) freight (not passengers)
  • English plurals
  • Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to produced, traded, or consumed "goods": returned, used, damaged, stolen, lost, dangerous, non-traded, intermediate, promotional, industrial, agricultural, imported, cheap, expensive, luxury, inferior, counterfeit, raw, processed, scarce, durable, perishable, baked, public, collective, digital, virtual, necessary, essential.


    * (that which is consumed) wares * evidence, facts


    * (that which is consumed) capital, services

    Derived terms

    * baked goods * bill of goods * brown goods * capital goods * come up with the goods * consumer goods * cost of goods sold * damaged goods * dangerous goods * deliver the goods * digital goods * dry goods * fancy goods * finished goods * get the goods on, have the goods on * goods and sales tax * goods train, goods van, goods wagon * grave goods * greige goods * heavy goods vehicle * leathergoods * nongoods * red goods * sell someone a bill of goods * smallgoods * softgoods * white goods






    (en noun)
  • A package wrapped for shipment.
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  • An individual consignment of cargo for shipment, regardless of size and form.
  • A division of land bought and sold as a unit.
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  • (lb) A group of birds.
  • An indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:This youthful parcel / Of noble bachelors stand at my disposing.
  • *1847 , (Herman Melville), (Omoo)
  • *:A parcel of giddy creatures of her own age.
  • A small amount of food that has been wrapped up, for example a pastry.
  • A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part.
  • :
  • *(John Arbuthnot) (1667-1735)
  • *:two parcels of the white of an egg
  • *(John Addington Symonds) (1840–1893)
  • *:The parcels of the nation adopted different forms of self-government.
  • Synonyms

    * (package wrapped for shipment) package * (division of land bought and sold as a unit) plot

    Derived terms

    * parcel bomb * parcel out * parcel post * parcel together * parcel up * parcellate * parcellation * part and parcel * pass the parcel

    See also

    * lot * allotment


  • To wrap something up into the form of a package.
  • To wrap a strip around the end of a rope.
  • Worm and parcel with the lay; turn and serve the other way.
  • To divide and distribute by parts or portions; often with out'' or ''into .
  • * Shakespeare
  • Their woes are parcelled , mine are general.
  • * Dryden
  • These ghostly kings would parcel out my power.
  • * Tennyson
  • the broad woodland parcelled into farms
  • To add a parcel or item to; to itemize.
  • * Shakespeare
  • That mine own servant should / Parcel the sum of my disgraces by / Addition of his envy.


  • (obsolete) Part or half; in part; partially.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • The worthy dame was parcel -blind.
  • * Tennyson
  • One that was parcel -bearded.


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