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

Synonyms for package

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 The car, a 3LT with the Z51 performance package, crossed the block at the 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Arizona on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Hendrick said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Man who paid $3M for 2020 Corvette Stingray says he'll never drive it," 23 Jan. 2020 The move comes as e-commerce has upended the delivery market, flooding the United States with packages. Zhihan Zhang, CNN, "FedEx Ground Sunday delivery to begin this weekend," 22 Jan. 2020 Ford took a different tack with the Super Duty's new-for-2020 Tremor option package. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Ford's New Super Duty Trucks Play as Hard as They Work," 21 Jan. 2020 Kia can make a profit with this package in North America because fuel prices remain relatively moderate and regulatory pressures (i.e., compliance costs) are low. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2020 Kia Telluride: A Peaceful Ride Even With a Car Full of Kids," 17 Jan. 2020 The Speed 425 comes with an Elite accessories package and is compatible with the company’s aftermarket Dead Silent Crank. Field & Stream, "Best New Budget Crossbows of the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 16 Jan. 2020 Senior employees with annual packages between Rs80 lakh ($112,712) and Rs1.2 crore may be the ones affected, the report said. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A layoff frenzy has gripped India Inc, and it may worsen in 2020," 14 Jan. 2020 Pictures show battered FedEx and UPS trucks with packages scattered on the highway. Sarah Brookbank,, "Pennsylvania Turnpike: What we know about crash involving bus headed to Cincinnati," 6 Jan. 2020 In the City Leave it to Colorado to have a hotel with a CBD wellness package. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "11 Places to Recoup After the Holidays," 1 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Campaigns package them for larger resonance, hoping for a viral online moment or an opportunity to drive more grass-roots donations. New York Times, "The Celebrity Primary: Danny Glover, Judge Judy, Mandy Moore and a Still-Crowded 2020 Field," 14 Jan. 2020 Rose embraces their feelings as an outsider and packages them into a highly danceable, upbeat single that shot straight to top my personal playlist for 2020 immediately. Courtney E. Smith,, "New Music To Know This Week: 2020 Is Off To A Fresh Start With Celeste, The Secret Sisters & More," 13 Jan. 2020 Attempts to package them with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—aka Prince William and Kate Middleton—in a charitable foundation were unsuccessful. The Economist, "Harry and Meghan go private," 9 Jan. 2020 The Bulls packaged him with Bobby Portis in a trade for Otto Porter Jr. with the Wizards in February. Phil Thompson,, "‘If it was up to us, we’d have our own team:’ Bad Bulls breakup can’t end Jabari Parker’s Chicago dream team," 12 Dec. 2019 And nice mugs to package them in. Hardware stores and craft stores 8. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "22 Christmas gifts you can buy your kids while you're running errands or attending holiday events in Milwaukee," 9 Dec. 2019 These storage supplies will allow someone to take their favorite dry goods and package them for storage in a way that can last for decades. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "15 Everyday Survival Supplies You Should Buy Online," 27 Nov. 2019 Her literary work is a collection of lessons that weaves together the diverse stories of those who practice Ubuntu and packages them as a guide for incorporating the doctrine into everyday life. Essence, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Added This South African Author To Their Royal Library," 1 Oct. 2019 Publishers were interested, but couldn’t figure out how to package it. Lynn Carey, The Mercury News, "Sanderson Dean’s ‘Stark Raving Dad’ turns frazzled parenting into poetry," 10 June 2019

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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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27 Jan 2020

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“Package.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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