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

Few people pay the sticker price, but the actual cost can vary dramatically based on your family's resources and the school's aid package. Liz Weston, Dallas News, "Now is a good time to teach your teen about the cost of college," 10 July 2019 And in April, Washington approved a $500 million package that included F-16 parts and training. Chris Horton, New York Times, "Taiwan Set to Receive $2 Billion in U.S. Arms, Drawing Ire From China," 9 July 2019 And in April, Washington approved a $500 million package that included F-16 parts and training. Chris Horton,, "Taiwan set to receive $2 billion in US arms, drawing ire from China," 9 July 2019 In 2004, Castañeda filed a complaint with the TEA, alleging that Harlandale ISD improperly used school funds for political advertising during the referendum campaign for a $51 million bond package. Gilbert Garcia,, "South Side activist led the charge against Harlandale superintendent," 6 July 2019 Westphalia has received a $42 million tax-increment financing package from the council. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "Officials: Amazon exploring a massive logistics center in Prince George’s County," 5 July 2019 When President Trump’s administration announced a $12-billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade war with China, the payments were capped., "Some big farms collect big checks from Trump aid package," 5 July 2019 Farm aid: Ohio farmers have received more than $471 million in subsidies from Trump’s aid package for farmers hurt by an escalating trade war with China, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Celei Doyle and Ed Balint of the Canton Repository. Jeremy Pelzer,, "Ohio’s anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ law blocked by federal judge: Capitol Letter," 4 July 2019 Minneapolis - When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. CBS News, "Trump farm subsidies: Farmers find ways to boost their payments," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

All wrapped in pre-packaged, easy-to-serve containers, part of a free-meal program provided by Cincinnati Public Schools. , Cincinnati Enquirer,, "What do city kids do in the summer? Thrive, thanks to the rec center next door," 26 June 2019 The Scouts have already packaged 250 bags that each contain a quart of dry pet food and can of wet pet food to be given to senior pet owners. Ramona Sentinel, "Girl Scouts help seniors provide food for their pets," 24 June 2019 The Pistons packaged the 45th pick and 2020 and 2021 picks to the Dallas Mavericks for Sirvydis, 19, who was selected 37th. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' NBA draft grades: High upside with these picks," 21 June 2019 The Spurs could package both first-rounders in an attempt to trade up into the late lottery, where prospects such as Gonzaga forwards Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura might be available. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Heading into draft, Spurs have options," 20 June 2019 The shipyard would package each of the compartments for the aircraft carrier's eight reactors separately or in four double packages., "Hanford could be resting place for aircraft carrier Enterprise’s nuclear reactors," 16 June 2019 Glossier, however, cleverly packaged Bubblewrap to provide a much cleaner application process. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Glossier Just Launched Its First Eye Cream — But It's Not Just For Your Eyes," 29 Apr. 2019 This month, Johnson is finally packaging her effortless aesthetic into a limited-edition color collection for Bobbi Brown. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Ulla Johnson’s New Bobbi Brown Collection is the Only Makeup You’ll Need This Spring," 1 Mar. 2019 Israel is now packaging and selling this knowledge to governments that admire the country’s ability to suppress and manage resistance. The New York Review of Books, "Antony Loewenstein," 4 Jan. 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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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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