pack·​age | \ ˈpa-kij How to pronounce package (audio) \

Definition of package

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : the act or process of packing
2a : a small or moderate-sized pack : parcel
b : a commodity or a unit of a product uniformly wrapped or sealed
c : a preassembled unit
3 : a covering wrapper or container
4 : something that suggests a package: such as
b : a radio or television series offered for sale at a lump sum
c : contract benefits gained through collective bargaining
d : a ready-made computer program or collection of related software
e : a travel arrangement contract that offers for a fixed price transportation, accommodations, and often sightseeing and entertainment
f : a collection of related items especially : one to be considered or acted on together presented his tax package to the nation


packaged; packaging

Definition of package (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make into a package especially : to produce as an entertainment package
b : to present (something, such as a product) in such a way as to heighten its appeal to the public
2 : to enclose in a package or covering

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Other Words from package


packager noun

Synonyms for package

Synonyms: Noun

bundle, pack, packet, parcel

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Examples of package in a Sentence


All ingredients are listed right on the package. She ate the whole package of crackers for lunch. The hotel, airfare, and museum fees were all part of our vacation package. The financial aid packages we'll be awarding this year are smaller than we had hoped they would be.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As for pricing, a variety of packages cater to any budget. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "A "Golden Girls" Cruise Is in the Works, So Renew Your Passport Immediately," 19 Feb. 2019 Headlander, This War of Mine, Pillars of the Earth, Dear Esther, Tyranny, and Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun are all included at the various tiers, which top out at a measly $12 for the full package. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Pillars of Eternity II gets a turn-based mode, Farming Simulator bets big on esports," 25 Jan. 2019 The software could also detect cloud cover and edit it out of final image packages transmitted home. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "NASA’s next Mars rover will use AI to be a better science partner," 6 Dec. 2018 According to McKinsey & Company, 80 percent of all packages will be delivered autonomously in the next 10 years. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The first self-driving car you use will most likely carry your groceries, not you," 30 Nov. 2018 Modsy: Take 30 percent of all interior design packages with code HOLIDAY30 through 11/26. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals on furniture, bedding, and more," 24 Nov. 2018 Since genetic material tends to get shared between bacteria in chunks, and many genes are needed to disarm antibiotics, pathogens would be unlikely to acquire the whole package. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 After Izaiah received the package, Lucy's nieces, who live with Izaiah, wrote her a letter for the very first time. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "This Texas Organization Uses Books to Reconnect Female Prison Inmates With Their Children," 23 Aug. 2018 The package had contained dumbbells, weights and socks, which cost about $30. Pioneer Press,, "Police blotter: Five cars entered in one night in Western Springs," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Blandino and Johnson blew this stale line of thinking to pale pink–packaged smithereens. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Maximalist Dream Home of Two California Beauty Gurus," 6 Feb. 2019 If something is amiss, Trump will take responsibility only as far as packaging it in a tweet and aiming it directly at one of his adversaries, whether that be President Obama or recalcitrant congressional Republicans. Alexander Nazaryan,, "David L. Bahnsen takes on the blame game in 'Crisis of Responsibility'," 4 May 2018 That’s her appeal: a certain unpolished candor that, packaged into an album with a strong sense of melody, becomes intensely relatable. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Best Albums of 2018 So Far," 1 June 2018 Like previously released Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks, these new colors will retail for $18 each, and come packaged in a metallic Fenty Beauty tube. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Is Releasing 10 New Shades of Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick," 24 Dec. 2018 Lots of exceptional packaged foods can lend a hand. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Why "Clean Eating" Is Total B.S., According to a Nutritionist," 29 Nov. 2018 The group then identified data of interest on those systems, packaged that data, and moved it to servers controlled by APT 10. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "US and allies: New hacks mean China broke 2015 economic espionage pact," 20 Dec. 2018 That means the line is packaged with colorful K-beauty cuteness that does double duty, giving fans one more way to swipe the boy's beauty routines. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "BTS and VT Cosmetics Revealed Products from Their K-Beauty Collaboration," 10 Oct. 2018 That means the line is packaged with colorful K-beauty cuteness that does double duty, giving fans one more way to swipe the boys' beauty routines. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "BTS and K-Beauty Brand VT Cosmetics Is Launching More Makeup," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of package


circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of package was circa 1510

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English Language Learners Definition of package

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US : a box or large envelope that is sent or delivered usually through the mail or by another delivery service
: a wrapper or container that covers or holds something
: something that comes in a container



English Language Learners Definition of package (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something) in a package in order to sell it or send it somewhere
: to show or present (something or someone) in a particular way


pack·​age | \ ˈpa-kij How to pronounce package (audio) \

Kids Definition of package

1 : a bundle made up for mailing or transporting
2 : a container that covers or holds something The ingredients are listed on the package.
3 : something that comes in a container a package of gum

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