Definition of packaging

1 : an act or instance of packaging something or someone: such as
a : the enclosing of something in a container or covering … damage caused by static charge during packaging, storing, and shipping.Chemical & Engineering News
b : the presentation of something or someone to the public in a way that is designed to be attractive or appealing This is public relations: the packaging of ideas, the execution of them, and the media coverage surrounding them.— Robert Z. Chew
2 : material used to enclose or contain something … the flashy packaging popularized by mass merchants.— Jan Stafford also : a covering wrapper or container : package entry 1 sense 3 the manufacture of food packagings

Examples of packaging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, too, could the multiple numbers and ratings that may appear on the packaging of the resulting masks. Washington Post, "Consumer masks could soon come with labels saying how well they work," 20 Oct. 2020 Indonesia is continuing to sell fish to China after the coronavirus was discovered on the packaging of a local seafood exporter’s products, the Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry said., "U.S. Cases Steady as Death Toll Nears 200,000: Virus Update," 19 Sep. 2020 This decision follows the company's removal of before-and-after images, which were intended to show the product results, on the packaging in 2019. Thatiana Diaz,, "The Skin-Lightening Industry Is Facing A Long Overdue Reckoning," 26 June 2020 Those servers will serve them items like condiments and bread, or they'll be presented in single-serve packaging. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Expect When Cruise Ships Sail Again," 8 June 2020 Here’s our no-mess method for thawing a frozen-solid turkey in the refrigerator: Keep the turkey in its original, airtight packaging. Samantha Macavoy, Good Housekeeping, "How to Safely Thaw a Frozen Turkey in Time for Thanksgiving Dinner," 3 Oct. 2020 The teams tasked with trudging through this uncanny valley seem to have taken it upon themselves to ensure the product shines even without its packaging. Rory Smith, New York Times, "On Empty Stages, Premier League Adds Substance to the Sales Pitch," 29 Sep. 2020 After Henry's Facebook post became public, his company's use of a Black woman on its Palmetto Cheese packaging also drew criticism, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Costco reportedly drops Palmetto Cheese after owner calls BLM a "terror organization"," 23 Sep. 2020 To reduce these issues, Crack Shack has changed its packaging to keep takeout food items warmer. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Crack Shack founder signs deal to expand fried chicken chain nationwide," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of packaging

circa 1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for packaging

from gerund of package entry 2

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The first known use of packaging was circa 1875

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Packaging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of packaging

: material used to enclose or contain something
: the act or process of putting something in a package or container
: the way something or someone is presented in order to be more attractive or appealing

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