Clockwise from upper left: A Meat Feast Parmo from Stockton-on-Tees, UK; Fish and chips; Döner kebab; Pizza delivery.

A take-out or takeout (U.S., Canada, & the Philippines); carry-out or to-go (Scotland and some dialects in the U.S. & Canada);[1] take-away (U.K., Australia, Lebanon, South Africa, & Ireland, and occasionally in North America);[1] takeaways (New Zealand); grab-n-go; and parcel (India, Bangladesh, & Pakistan)[2] is a prepared meal or other food items, purchased at a restaurant or fast food outlet that the purchaser intends to eat elsewhere. A concept found in many ancient cultures, take-out food is common worldwide, with a number of different cuisines and dishes on offer.

  1. ^ a b "take•away". Oxford University Press. Retrieved April 20, 2007.
  2. ^ "Sunday Levity: Paradise Secured". The Acorn. Retrieved September 1, 2008. But we're only here for a take-away (or parcel, in local parlance).