con·​tain·​er kən-ˈtā-nər How to pronounce container (audio)
: one that contains: such as
: a receptacle (such as a box or jar) for holding goods
: a portable compartment in which freight is placed (as on a train or ship) for convenience of movement
containerless adjective

Examples of container in a Sentence

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


Middle English conteyner, from conteynen "to contain" + -er -er entry 2

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of container was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Container.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​tain·​er kən-ˈtā-nər How to pronounce container (audio)
: one that contains
especially : something into which other things can be put (as for storage)

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