pack·age | \ˈpa-kij \

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

a : package deal

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

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

This About Fiji package includes round-trip flights on Fiji Airways, four-star resort accommodation, daily breakfast, use of water sports equipment, guided tours and more. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Seven nights in Fiji and Samoa for $2,349," 12 July 2018 Priced from $248 per person, double occupancy, the package also includes one nights’ lodging, a three-course dinner at Taverne in the Sky, breakfast and a discount on spa services. Phil Marty,, "Aviation enthusiasts flock to Oshkosh, brewers battle it out in Kenosha and more Midwest events," 9 July 2018 The grand prize package also include a Seattle trip component and a smart home component consisting of multiple items including Echo devices, a 55-inch Hisense SmartTV with Alexa, a Ring Video Door Bell Pro and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon is already offering Prime Day deals before July 16," 5 July 2018 Bonus: The package includes early check-in and, most importantly, a late check-out for those feeling a little worse for the wear on July 5. Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks 2018 in NYC," 4 July 2018 One package that had been considered included infielder Javier Baez, who has played at a near-superstar level this season. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers might be wise to trade Michael Fulmer. Here's why," 3 July 2018 The package includes self-help tools that can lead participants down a different career path, as well as cognitive training to expel any negative thoughts. Fortune, "A $4,600 Ticket to This Networking Experiment Excludes All Men and Includes Only Heavily Vetted Women," 1 July 2018 The package includes self-help tools that can lead participants down a different career path, as well as cognitive training to expel any negative thoughts. Kati Pohjanpalo,, "A $4,600 Ticket to Networking Excludes All Men, and Some Women," 1 July 2018 The tax cut package also includes a back-to-school tax holiday in August on some clothing and school supplies as well as retroactive funding for a hurricane tax holiday in June. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Most minors can't marry in Florida starting July 1. And there are 100+ other new laws.," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Though an interesting thought would be to package Greene with Fulmer to a team with both needs. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will Michael Fulmer really be traded?," 10 July 2018 Small roadside businesses and market vendors rely on plastic bags to package items in markets. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Mumbai’s plastic ban carries costly fines and jail sentences for offenders," 26 June 2018 The company's innovation was to package the entire tracking and rental system on the bike itself. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 2018 They are expected to package Love and their first-round pick (No. Geoffrey C. Arnold,, "NBA rumors: Kevin Love's future tied to LeBron James as he mulls decision to remain in Cleveland," 11 June 2018 But then again, Pusha is a coke rapper using the same old ’90s vile misogyny to package his diss, which is a dizzying study in contradictions. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Pusha T, Drake, and the Limits of Rap Beef," 30 May 2018 The Padres bit when the Twins agreed to package $7.25 million toward next year’s $13.2 million salary along with the draft pick, the real prize in the Hughes’ salary dump. Jeff Sanders,, "Phil Hughes relishing 'new lease on life' with Padres," 29 May 2018 Marijuana, digital scales and plastic baggies used to package the drug was found in his home by police, the release said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Fulton drug dealer sentenced to life in prison for killing 21-year-old mother," 24 May 2018 YouTube Music is the company’s attempt to package its previous streaming forays into one place. Fortune, "Cardi B is Helping YouTube Launch Its Revamped Music Streaming Service," 18 May 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)

: 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 \

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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