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 But sorting through the terminology on the packaging can be daunting. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 Less than a week later, Judge Norgle was assigned to hear a lawsuit alleging that Pfizer falsely marketed an expired patent on packaging of Advil products. Coulter Jones, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 The Kroger branded ground turkey came in 3-pound trays with the case code 50211271, an Oct. 17, 2021 sell- or freeze-by date, and timestamps from 2314 through 2351 on the packaging, the recall notice said. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 The stories of the Spice Route are not only reflected in the flavors of the chocolate, but also, in the artwork on the packaging. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Since every vitamin C product is uniquely formulated, always use your product as directed on packaging for optimal results. Danusia Wnek, Good Housekeeping, 21 Sep. 2021 Various circus animals were featured on product packaging and in ads while a lion became the symbol for the company. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2021 Sustainability initiatives come in all shapes and sizes, including responsible product packaging, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, optimizing routes for trucks, and efficient returns management programs. Steve Banker, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 The major agencies agreed to concessions on packaging, which had been a serious moneymaker. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021

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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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24 Oct 2021

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“Packaging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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