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

The New York state Senate approved the bill Wednesday as part of a larger transportation safety package. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Buckling Up in the Back Seat May Soon Be Mandatory in New York," 15 May 2019 Their vehicles aren't equipped to handle the heavy loads of packages that now dominate the cargo space. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "The U.S. Postal Service Doesn't Know Why Its Trucks Keep Catching on Fire," 14 May 2019 The beer's label features two birds, one of which seems to be carrying a very special package. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby, Archie Harrison, Already Has His Own Beer," 9 May 2019 Advertising Sipila and his Cabinet resigned in March, a month early, after failing to push through a major social and health reform package. Jari Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Finns to vote on how best to save their welfare state," 12 Apr. 2019 Currently, the process to get packages through the border requires a mix of paper and electronic authentication of information about the contents of the shipment, its origin and destination, Mr. Laney said. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "FedEx CIO Looks to Industry Collaboration to Scale Blockchain," 29 Apr. 2019 It was relegated to dime-store paperbacks and late-night programming available on select, out-of-package channels—something to be kept out of sight. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 On April 13, the 43-year-old deal between the WGA and the ATA was officially over, and WGA has called for agencies to sign on to a code of conduct that explicitly bans package fees and working with affiliate producers. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Hollywood's Labor Force Has Always Had to Fight for Workers' Rights," 23 Apr. 2019 Keep an eye out for the new bunny ear bling on Strivectin packages soon. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Strivectin Is Officially a PETA-Certified, Cruelty-Free Beauty Brand," 22 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Each product contains its own cute pink bottle or tube, and is packaged in a sleek pink ombré box with the KylieSkin logo emblazoned on the front. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Everything We Know About Kylie Jenner's Skincare Line," 12 May 2019 In 2014, Akuete launched Eu’Genia Shea, a line of high-quality shea butters that are packaged in beautiful, embossed tins. Baze Mpinja, Vogue, "This Ghanaian-American Entrepreneur Started a Shea Butter Business Inspired by Her Mom," 10 May 2019 Joanna and Clea swear by Rubbermaid's Brilliance containers, which come in a variety of sizes that are perfect for holding just about any packaged food. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "The Home Edit's 5 Secrets To An Instagram-Worthy Pantry," 27 Aug. 2018 Finally, New York City and California took aim at the way foods and drinks are packaged and consumed. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "New for 2019: Laws on Guns, Harassment, Cannabis-Spiked Drinks," 2 Jan. 2019 From now on, internet replies may be expressed only via snapshots that are packaged, bound by sealing wax and mailed. Chris Barton,, "Underrated/Overrated: 'Star Wars' fans behaving badly and Neko Case's persistent wonders," 7 June 2018 Speier, a 23-year-old lefty who's been packaged in three trades for a major-leaguer since being selected in the 19th round of the 2013 draft by the Red Sox, was assigned to Class AA Northwest Arkansas. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals trade Jon Jay to Arizona for two minor-league pitchers," 6 June 2018 Lettuce grown on one Yuma farm might ultimately be packaged by any number of brands, as whole heads, chopped, or tossed with other lettuce in a salad mix. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About the Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak," 24 Apr. 2018 Shrimp-Packing Plants Are Filthy, Too A report published in the November 2012 issue of Bloomberg magazine revealed some truly disgusting facts about the conditions in which shrimp are packaged and shipped. Emily Main, Good Housekeeping, "6 Disgusting Facts About Farmed Shrimp," 27 July 2017

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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