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

So what to do about those three pallets of perfectly good packages of smoked sausages that are just a bit under 12 ounces? Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "A sausage bonanza for the Houston Food Bank," 2 Sep. 2019 Defensively, coordinator Mike Tressel dialed up an aggressive plan out of MSU’s base packages that showed very little but produced. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football grades: Strong defense, deficient offense vs. Tulsa," 31 Aug. 2019 Colombian police officers that stopped and inspected a vehicle recently near the country’s border with Venezuela uncovered a coffin that contained dozens of packages of marijuana weighing a combined 661 pounds, the El Tiempo newspaper reports. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Colombian police find more than 650 pounds of marijuana hidden inside coffin," 30 Aug. 2019 The inventory of the packages found by officers included 230 grams of methamphetamine, 208 grams of marijuana as well as 15 cell phones and phone chargers. Carol Robinson |, al, "4 charged with smuggling meth, weed and cell phones into Alabama prison," 23 Aug. 2019 The peppers fell away, exposing stacks of 314 packages of marijuana tightly wrapped in bright green packaging. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "What’s spicier than a truckload of jalapeños? A truckload of jalapeños concealing nearly 4 tons of marijuana.," 19 Aug. 2019 The peppers fell away, exposing stacks of 314 packages of marijuana tightly wrapped in bright green packaging. Katie Mettler,, "Border agents discover nearly four tons of marijuana concealed in shipment of jalapeños," 19 Aug. 2019 Officers are responding to the Fulton Street subway complex for reports of two suspicious packages. Mark Morales, CNN, "Police are investigating 2 suspicious packages around a downtown New York subway station," 16 Aug. 2019 The agency unveiled its first choices in 2010, featuring colorful — and gruesome — pictures to wrap around the top half of cigarette packages and also on 20 percent of the surface area of advertisements. New York Times, "The F.D.A.’s New Cigarette Warnings Are Disturbing. See for Yourself.," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But after Miami traded Romo to the Minnesota Twins and packaged Anderson and Richards to the Tampa Bay Rays, the bullpen numbers have taken a significant dip. Wells Dusenbury,, "Since trade deadline, Marlins’ bullpen has been worst in the league; ‘Reinforcements’ on the way," 25 Aug. 2019 The obvious solution, recommended by most experts, is to avoid processed or packaged foods. Time, "Is Sugar as Bad for Kids as It Is for Adults?," 1 Aug. 2019 Jones said the baggie on the floor of the car was used to package cocaine, according to the statement. Mary Grace Keller,, "Baltimore man charged with intent to distribute narcotics in Westminster," 31 July 2019 The Fresh Market said the Thai Lobster Salad sold by the pound in the chain's self-serve seafood salad bar and pre-packaged containers are included in the recall. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Sandwiches and salads sold at Target, Fresh Market recalled over Listeria concerns," 20 July 2019 In extremely long missions to space, traditionally dried and packaged foods may not be able to maintain much vitamin content because of cosmic radiation and the passage of time. Tyler Kord, Popular Mechanics, "Cooking (and Shrinking) the Modern Combat Ration," 29 June 2019 Americans flocking from rural areas with local stores, to cities with supermarkets stocked with pre-packaged foods, began to take more interest in freshness. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "The best way to tell when food goes bad isn’t by looking at its label," 12 June 2019 Shopping at local farmer’s markets, avoiding packaged food, and choosing seasonal ingredients are just some of the ways Julia aims to demonstrate her brand of sustainable cooking. National Geographic, "Meet Our 2018 Grant Winners!," 29 May 2019 Then, package your sample in an envelope, drop it into the mailbox, and give yourself a pat on the back. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Smithsonian Scientists Need Ginkgo Leaves to Study Climate Change—They Need Your Help," 6 Aug. 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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