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

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Some beers, like pilsners, need even longer to condition and clear before packaging, says McAvoy. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Here’s How to Turn Old Rice Krispies, Cocoa Krispies, and Corn Flakes Into Beer," 14 June 2019 An exclusive Stranger Things packaging will hold the burger. Dave Quinn,, "Stranger Things-Themed 'Upside Down' Whoppers Are Coming to Burger King — But Only in 11 Cities," 13 June 2019 The Upside-Down Whopper sandwich, which is simply a regular Whopper with the buns reversed, also features ’80s-style packaging. Justine Browning,, "Burger King to offer upside-down Whoppers in honor of Stranger Things," 13 June 2019 If the upside-down part of the promotion isn't grabbing people, the nostalgia factor might: The upside-down Whoppers will be served with Burger King's classic packaging from the mid-1980s. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Burger King will sell upside-down Whoppers to celebrate 'Stranger Things'," 13 June 2019 And so their Disney spinoffs, films like Cinderella, Snow White, Bambi and more, carry these markers, too, though surrounded by shinier packaging of cute forest animals and songs perfect for singalongs. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Frozen II is Disney’s newest addition to its long history of dark fairytales," 12 June 2019 Greenpeace suggested retailers sell concentrated version of cleaning products, use bulk dispensers for dry goods and common foods such as olive oil, and allow customers to return plastic packaging to be cleaned and reused. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Greenpeace: Grocers, particularly H-E-B, not doing enough to reduce plastics," 12 June 2019 The bills would have a sweeping impact on shipping materials, requiring all packaging used by online retailers and others to be recyclable or compostable by 2023. Dustin Gardiner,, "California takes on an ocean of plastic waste, considers crackdown on industry," 12 June 2019 How this ultimately may be solved, from an enforcement perspective, may include packaging that indicates legality, Hudak said. Catharine Hamm,, "Can you carry CBD oil on a plane? Maybe. Here's what new TSA rules," 10 June 2019

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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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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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