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 company did not say how many of the packages would be available. Washington Post, "Airbnb to recreate trip from ‘Around the World in 80 Days’," 13 June 2019 This story appears as part of a larger Beer & Barbecue package in Birmingham magazine’s June 2019 issue., "Barbecue tips from Auburn’s Bow & Arrow chefs," 12 June 2019 An earlier attempt to try to sell the constitutional amendment with a property tax freeze on local school districts — with plenty of costly preconditions — passed the Senate but was never part of the final package. Rick Pearson,, "Property tax relief is next 'think big' idea for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Illinois lawmakers to face," 10 June 2019 The quality of the package would depend entirely on how much money the D-backs were willing to eat, with only third baseman Nolan Gorman (St. Louis’ No. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Zack Greinke trade rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks ace 'makes sense' for St. Louis Cardinals," 10 June 2019 In February 2014, postal workers noticed a pattern of suspicious packages being delivered to Franzen's home in Montgomery, Illinois, the state's attorney's office said. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "An Illinois man is sentenced to prison for ordering 42 pounds of marijuana-infused chocolate," 9 June 2019 The state’s largest school district also broke ground on a middle school renovation, part of a modernization package approved by voters two years ago., "Graduations galore, a shift in Oregon’s sex ed curriculum and Portland breaks ground on a middle school: The week in education," 8 June 2019 Competition between it and the incumbents has seen the price of a mobile-data package slashed by 94%, and consumption has duly exploded ten-fold to 8.8GB per subscriber per month. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 While the bill has broad support from both Democrats and Republicans, it's stuck in the Senate as part of a larger tax-law package that has yet to be introduced for a vote. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Chegg offers workers company stock to pay off student loans," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Milpitas Christian School recently teamed with volunteers from Johnson & Johnson Vision to design, construct and package a better Band-Aid. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Miplitas community briefs for the week of June 14," 9 June 2019 The 14-ounce packages were packaged on March 12-13, 2019 and shipped nationwide. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Johnsonville recalling Jalapeno Cheddar Smoked Sausage: What to know," 5 June 2019 Soft packaged goods may warp when they’re picked up; shiny packaging reflects sunlight, obscuring the information on the label. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "How do Amazon Go stores work?," 5 June 2019 That's because packaging the charm quark in the baryon and anticharm quark in the meson separates them, keeping them from annihilating each other. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Exotic particles called pentaquarks may be less weird than previously thought," 5 June 2019 Once inside, there were booths with packaged treats, from babka to budino. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Denver chefs raise $25,000 for Planned Parenthood with bake sale," 3 June 2019 Every ingredient is measured, portioned, and packaged, and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 2 Jan. 2019 High fiber plant foods work to clean the gut by either keeping things moving along (insoluble), or by packaging up and carrying away (soluble) unwanted/unneeded materials. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: The body's second brain — the gut — and how to keep it healthy," 13 June 2018 One popular method is pickling with refrigeration: Fresh produce is covered with a mix of vinegar, herbs, and spices, then packaged and refrigerated. Lauren Matthews, Country Living, "The New Guidelines for Canning," 13 July 2016

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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