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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packager noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of package in a Sentence

Noun 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 Those proposals, which House Democrats included in their infrastructure package, as well as in a separate clean energy tax bill, are likely to face Senate Republican opposition. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Centrist Democrat Sean Casten accuses GOP of choosing ‘suicide’ on climate," 1 July 2020 Critics say the president needs to be clearer with the economic policy measures are supported by his administration as Congress begins to put together its next stimulus package. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "Trump appears to back another round of stimulus checks, though jumbled remarks make plan unclear," 1 July 2020 The Federal Reserve is unlikely to cap short-term Treasury yields as part of its initial package of economic stimulus measures, instead reserving the option to cap yields later. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Keeps Options Open on Yield Caps but Looks to Other Tools First," 30 June 2020 My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry. Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland, "See the high scorers in special areas: Top Workplaces 2020," 28 June 2020 Google's ad credit program was part of its larger $800 million coronavirus relief package that, in addition to advertisers, is meant to help a broad swath of recipients. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Google gets mixed reviews for its coronavirus aid initiative," 28 June 2020 With benefits, her total compensation package is $241,551, according to the site. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Incredibly saddened': Kettle Moraine's superintendent is retiring due to medical conditions, coronavirus dangers," 27 June 2020 Also Thursday, the House of Representatives passed its own police reform package that would end certain legal protections for officers accused of misconduct and ban chokeholds. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Protest updates: Activists say they won't leave Seattle's CHOP; Stalemate at Emancipation Memorial; House approves chokehold ban," 26 June 2020 In Washington, Democrats are moving forward with their policing reform package, setting up a full House vote for next week. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 18: Rayshard Brooks, police, Covid-19, John Bolton, Syria," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the long run, Yaday expects companies like SiO2 to be essential in creating new, more nimble ways to package drugs and vaccines that don’t rely on sand and glass. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Vaccine Makers Turn to Microchip Tech to Beat Glass Shortages," 26 June 2020 The order also applies to workplaces where people interact with the public, prepare or package food and share common spaces like hallways and elevators. USA TODAY, "California governor requires residents to wear face masks in most indoor, outdoor settings," 18 June 2020 The world has neither enough glass vials to house the vaccine nor the facility capacity to fill and package them, experts say. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Finding a coronavirus vaccine is hard. Getting it to people is a whole other problem," 11 June 2020 Also added to the list was Hoffmaster, which makes products used by restaurants to package food for takeout. Frank Partnoy, The Atlantic, "The Looming Bank Collapse," 10 June 2020 Factories would otherwise be used to package medicines, according to the RAPID website. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Feds buy syringes that may have RFID chips, but no evidence COVID-19 vaccination required," 5 June 2020 Not long ago, Acheson brought his 15- and 17-year-old daughters on to package meals and assist with delivery. Allison Glock, National Geographic, "The pandemic hit southern chefs hard. So why do some resist reopening?," 4 June 2020 So in 2017, the bank tapped a government plan to package the nonperforming loans, or NPLs, and sell securities backed by them to investors. Other... Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "Cleaning Up Toxic Loans Was Meant to Be a Great Investment. Then Coronavirus Hit.," 2 June 2020 Selling specialty items to take home was something of a trend well before the pandemic — think of places like Bavette La Boucherie in the Third Ward and Birch + Butcher at downtown's northern edge, with select, packaged items on their shelves. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When the corner restaurant is also the corner grocer: Milwaukee spots offer specialty foods and essentials," 29 May 2020

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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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“Package.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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