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 After further investigation the suspect was found to be in possession of identifying information of several residents and to have stolen a package of a front porch. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 30 Dec. 2019 Michael Dowell and Tre Person logged a good amount of time at safety in certain coverage packages, while hybrid linebacker/defensive end Chase Kline and cornerback Kalon Gervin each saw sporadic playing time as redshirt freshmen this season. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football youngsters hope to have 2020 vision for a program revival," 29 Dec. 2019 Amazon's £90 million layout for the EPL matches was what local telecom giant BT Sport paid for a similar package of 20 games. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Is Streaming the Future for International Sports Rights?," 24 Dec. 2019 Food manufacturers have been infantilizing us by selling calorie-dense, salty, sweet stuff in brightly colored packages with exciting punctuation for a very long time. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "How can we feed our kids better? Start by taking a look in the mirror.," 23 Dec. 2019 Postcards included in the packages provided grateful families with a way to express their thanks while gauging success of the delivery operation. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "After 90 Years, the ‘Flying Santa’ Is Still Dropping Gifts From a Plane," 17 Dec. 2019 Onion sets are little bulbs that have been forced into dormancy and then are sold in packages at the nursery. Pam Peirce,, "What you need to know before you plant onions," 13 Dec. 2019 Alexa is all too happy to blab all the details about what’s in those packages to anyone in the house who asks. Doreen Christensen,, "Chatty Amazon Alexa devices could ruin your holiday surprises," 10 Dec. 2019 The Bulldogs came out often in packages with three defensive linemen, one linebacker and seven defensive backs. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "No. 1 LSU defeats No. 4 Georgia to capture SEC title and make case for playoff's top seed," 7 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Children can participate in snack time at school without worrying about ending up in the emergency department and can eat packaged foods with ambiguous labeling. Charles Feng, STAT, "Oral immunotherapy can be a game changer for many with food allergies," 11 Dec. 2019 Companies don’t have to specify what’s in them, but natural and artificial flavors are common in packaged foods. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What makes Impossible meat possible? A “bloody” ingredient," 20 Sep. 2019 Start by using reusable produce bags and avoiding single-serving packaged foods., "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 5 July 2019 The results from Chicago-based Conagra and General Mills provide fresh evidence that packaged-food makers still face a host of challenges in fixing their businesses in a robust competitive environment. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Conagra Sales Fall Short of Targets," 27 June 2019 The pressure on packaged-food makers to get bigger has intensified in the aftermath of Whole Foods Market’s sale last year to Amazon (amzn, +1.98%). Fortune, "Chef Boyardee and Birds Eye Are Getting Together in a $8.1 Billion Merger Between Conagra and Pinnacle Foods," 27 June 2018 There had been industry chatter that the Sox might seek to package Price with outfielder Andrew Benintendi to achieve greater salary relief and garner a greater prospect return., "SAN DIEGO — On Thursday, the Red Sox featured pitcher David Price in a tweet intended to promote ticket packages for the 2020 season. The choice seemed an odd one given that the team spent the just-concluded Winter Meetings actively seeking a trade partner for the lefthander.," 14 Dec. 2019 This month, the Ukraine announcement was set to be packaged with separate trade actions involving Thailand and Mali, and was readied for action. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "White House delayed Ukraine trade decision in August, a signal that U.S. suspension of cooperation extended beyond security funds," 24 Oct. 2019 Jake Fromm’s first three interceptions of 2019, packaged with Rodrigo Blankenship’s first two missed field goals, only made the bitter result more inescapable in a game where the Bulldogs were favored by 24½ points. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Smart wants Georgia players to look in mirror after loss," 13 Oct. 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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13 Jan 2020

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“Package.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 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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