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 These stimulus payments are a part of the $1.9 trillion package signed into law by President Joe Biden in March. Chris Morris, Fortune, 10 June 2021 The bill is one piece of President Joe Biden's larger infrastructure package and marks the beginning of Democrats' efforts to go it alone on infrastructure, while a bipartisan agreement tries to be reached in the Senate over the larger proposal. Manu Raju, CNN, 10 June 2021 The buzz: Porter came to Orlando — along with Wendell Carter Jr. — as part of the trade package that sent Nikola Vucevic to Chicago. Roy Parry,, 10 June 2021 At the same time, with anxiety running high as time slips by, Democrats are laying the groundwork to pass some or all of the ambitious package on their own. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, 9 June 2021 Weeks of discussions between Mr. Biden and a group of six Republicans had left the two sides still deeply divided on the size of an infrastructure package and how to pay for it. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, 8 June 2021 The Republican Party tapped Capito to lead negotiations of the infrastructure component of Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs package. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 The total cost of the package is roughly $250 billion. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021 Florida is among several states that amplified their 2021-22 budgets with at least part of their share of a $195 billion state aid package from the recent American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Joe Biden. David Lieb, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An investment banker should package the business’ story into a comprehensive but digestible confidential memorandum for potential buyers. David W. Mccombie Iii, Forbes, 27 May 2021 While the Patriots are always cognizant of building roster depth, there don’t appear to be a lot of spots up for grabs at this point — maybe package a couple of Day 3 choice and move up into the 60s or 70s., 30 Apr. 2021 Could the Cowboys package their bevy of third-rounders to move up in Round 2? Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2021 The program also teaches students how to grow, harvest and package nutritional foods that will be available to families in the Park Heights community. Daniel Oyefusi,, 14 May 2021 Now, at most locations, customers order outside the bus while volunteers shop and package their orders., 9 May 2021 The incentives package now totals only $80 million, less than 3% of the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and other perks the state originally promised. Chris Isidore, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 An automation system using pallet elevators, cranes and conveyors will move frozen foods around the warehouse; the main job of employees will be to assemble and package shipments and load and unload container trucks. Don Stacom,, 9 Apr. 2021 López-Belmonte López chairs Spanish pharma company Rovi, which inked a contract with Moderna in July to fill and package hundreds of millions of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine at Rovi's factory in Madrid, Spain. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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