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noun con·tain·er \kən-ˈtā-nər\

Simple Definition of container

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of container

  1. :  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


play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of container in a sentence

  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.

15th Century

First Known Use of container

15th century

CONTAINER Defined for Kids


noun con·tain·er \kən-ˈtā-nər\

Definition of container for Students

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

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