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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Coming out with third-party testing, the child-resistant packaging. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Legalize marijuana? Advice for Michigan from Colorado," 12 July 2018 The packaging certainly evokes summer, with a bold pink-and-yellow motif (including a whimsical banana print) that calls to mind strawberry-banana smoothies on the beach. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Reveals Kylie Cosmetics “Summer” Collection," 9 July 2018 Buy non-perishable food such as beans, rice, pasta, and other grains, in bulk to reduce packaging and take your own reusable containers to the store to avoid bags. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why everyone is shunning plastic straws," 4 July 2018 To protect the fries during delivery, the team created new packaging to keep out moisture while allowing for the right amount of ventilation. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 2018 But one part of the supply chain often gets overlooked: packaging. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "LimeLoop Makes Packaging Reusable," 3 July 2018 Distributors now have to do the final packaging under the new regulations, Robertson said, and Green Solutions hasn't found one willing to spend the time and money on shipping small quantities of weed. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Is your favorite dispensary out of marijuana? Blame this new state regulation," 2 July 2018 But now, the online fashion destination has far more than upcycled packaging to offer your home. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, " Launches Homeware—Because Gucci Shouldn’t Be Limited to Your Closet," 2 July 2018 PillPack’s specialty—packaging a month’s supply of pills for chronic-disease patients—is a small part of the overall market. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "Amazon’s PillPack Deal Gives It Access to Sensitive Health Data," 1 July 2018

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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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