Dictionary Glossary

This is a full glossary/dictionary of useful words you will find on Big Business English.

  • parcel [ business-vocab, general-vocab ]

    A parcel is a box or bag that you send to someone.

    You usually wrap a parcel in brown paper or plastic.

    Howard sent a parcel to the United States.

    You can also call this a package.

    Parcel is more common in British English , while package is more usual in American English.

  • pause [ general-vocab ]

    If you pause something it means you stop it temporarily.
    Ayesha paused the video and wrote down a summary of what the speaker had said.
    Pause can also be a noun.
    Some people were shouting in the street. There was a pause, then they started again.
  • petty [ general-vocab ]

    If something or someone is petty it means they are small or they think in a small way.

    Chris is so petty. He worries about things that aren't really important.

    Petty cash means a small amount of money usually kept in a box in an office. It used for making small cash payments, e.g. stationery, office supplies, tea and coffee, etc.

    Mike took ten  pounds of petty cash to pay the pizza delivery guy. Everyone was working late and there was no time to go out for dinner.