: an act or instance of packaging something or someone: such as
: the enclosing of something in a container or covering
… damage caused by static charge during packaging, storing, and shipping.Chemical & Engineering News
: 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
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And then there’s the packaging — plastic trays and wrappers — which some critics say is wasteful. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2023 Plus, the plastic-free bar (complete with minimal, plastic-free packaging) is hefty enough to replace up to three bottles of traditional dish soap. Katy Kiick Condon, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Mar. 2023 The kit comes with 130 pieces of first aid items ranging from bandages and band-aids to moleskins and disposable thermometers — all with kid-friendly patterned packaging. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2023 With glass packaging and global ingredient sourcing, Tata Harper is the brand for green beauty lovers looking for an upscale experience. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 8 Mar. 2023 That’s the question MASSPIRG legislative director Deirdre Cummings asks to make her pitch for a sweeping new bill aimed at wrangling the presence of PFAS chemicals in food packaging, car seats, cookware, firefighting foam, carpeting, and more. Chris Lisinski,, 3 Mar. 2023 The campaign also includes limited-edition chocolate bars with special packaging. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 2 Mar. 2023 Plus, with its convenient packaging, getting your daily ketogenic coffee fix has never been easier or more delicious. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2023 Pros Low-carb menu option available All packaging is recyclable Customers can choose delivery date Cons Can't order meals individually Slightly limited delivery area Overview Who says sticking to a low-carb diet has to be hard? Will Franke, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


from gerund of package entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of packaging was circa 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Packaging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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