noun con·tain·er \kən-ˈtā-nər\

: an object (such as a box or can) that can hold something

: a large box that goods are placed in so that they can be moved from one place to another on a ship, airplane, train, or truck

Full Definition of CONTAINER

:  one that contains: as
a :  a receptacle (as a box or jar) for holding goods
b :  a portable compartment in which freight is placed (as on a train or ship) for convenience of movement
con·tain·er·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of CONTAINER

  1. The tea leaves come in a small metal container.
  2. bowls, boxes, jars, and other containers
  3. The shipment of tools arrived at the dock in cargo containers yesterday.

First Known Use of CONTAINER

15th century
CONTAINERLESS Defined for Kids


noun con·tain·er \kən-ˈtā-nər\

Definition of CONTAINER for Kids

:  something into which other things can be put (as for storage)


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