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

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

Typically, this involves sticking a memory package on top of a processor, with perhaps a few hundred connections between the two. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel introduces Foveros: 3D die stacking for more than just memory," 12 Dec. 2018 Crecco said his mother was a victim of a package theft. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves," 12 Dec. 2018 The Class by Taryn Toomey: In Tribeca only, score a five-class package for $100. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 Deals From All of Your Favorite Stores and Brands," 20 Nov. 2018 Manhattan’s Time Warner Center was evacuated when a suspicious package intended for former CIA director John Brennan was delivered to CNN’s offices there. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Twitter earnings, Why the stock market is falling," 25 Oct. 2018 The reporter motioned toward Judge’s car, which was parked in the driveway and carried a collection of Superman comics, piles of clothes, and a package addressed to him. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Who Is Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh's High School Drinking Buddy?," 2 Oct. 2018 The first three games are coming over as a trilogy package with remastered visuals sometime in early 2019. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The Xbox 360 controller's continued dominance, Ace Attorney on PC, and The Crew 2's free weekend," 28 Sep. 2018 After all, if a package came from Serena Williams herself, who would dare turn it down? Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams ​Designed a "Royal Duchess" Hoodie and Sent One to Meghan Markle," 24 Aug. 2018 The State Police bomb squad is investigating a suspicious package found this morning outside of the Gold School dance studio in Brockton, authorities said. Margeaux Sippell,, "Suspicious package found outside Brockton dance studio," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That list includes all the games packaged with the PlayStation Classic (in both Western and Japanese markets), as well as dozens more that are not included in the box. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 2018 Last year, Amazon began engaging in a fierce pricing battle with Walmart that put a profit squeeze on some of the biggest consumer-packaged goods makers in the country. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands," 29 Nov. 2018 There’s also an onboard bread maker, which might seem like a luxury but cuts down on plastic waste from individually packaged loaves. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 The Good Housekeeping Institute tests thousands of consumer products each year, finding that the majority of consumer product goods are over-packaged. Good Housekeeping, "Frequently Asked Questions About Good Housekeeping's Sustainability Awards," 7 Nov. 2018 Luckily Bungie's rectified the situation, and Curse of Osiris/Warmind will be packaged in with Forsaken purchases from here on out. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Hitman 2 adds Sean Bean to the cast," 19 Oct. 2018 The soda giant in January launched four new flavors of Diet Coke, including Ginger Lime and Zesty Blood Orange, packaged in new slim cans. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Coca-Cola Gets Lift From a Perennial Laggard: Diet Coke," 30 Oct. 2018 Gastroenterologist Philipp Schwabl and his colleagues asked their participants to keep a food diary for a week before packaging up their poop in a plastic-free sample kit and shipping it to Vienna. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Plastic found in the poop of eight people from eight different countries," 24 Oct. 2018 The palette comes packaged in a pink box, with the Juicy logo emblazoned on the outside in gold. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Juicy Couture Is Launching a Makeup Collection With a Velour-Inspired Lipstick," 28 Sep. 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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