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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The packaging uses the same lettering font and is red and white. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Sam's Club knocks off Chick-fil-A with its Member's Mark frozen sandwich and waffle fries," 19 Aug. 2019 The packaging has a DIY aesthetic, in unexpected color combinations — bright white and Sharpie black on muted earth tones — that is a little bit punk rock and a little bit Matisse. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Oatly and the quest for the perfect alt-milk," 14 Aug. 2019 The packaging will feature real-life stories from people affected by knife crime. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "British government accused of racism after aiming anti-crime messages at people eating fried chicken," 14 Aug. 2019 The frame’s plum color echoes the packaging of Nespresso’s popular Arpeggio variant; its bell is in the shape of a coffee pod; and the carrier basket has two nifty straps for securing to-go coffee cups, among other things. Anne Quito, Quartz, "A new Swedish bicycle is made from 300 recycled Nespresso pods," 13 Aug. 2019 Though the packaging may look different, its precious cargo remains the same. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Cheers to pumpkin spice season! Four Peaks' Pumpkin Porter is available now," 13 Aug. 2019 While the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner tested the victims’ remains to determine the cause of death, Detective Arroyo had sent the packaging found at the scene to the lab to see what drugs were involved. Annie Correal, New York Times, "‘She Was Like You and Me’: A Death and Life in the Bronx Opioid Crisis," 9 Aug. 2019 Critics are concerned about the packaging of prepared meals. Dorothy Dworkin,, "On a cooking strike | Opinion," 25 July 2019 The modernized packaging meant that storage space was reduced. Sarah-grace Mankarious, CNN, "Floating food: The history of eating in space," 19 July 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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The first known use of packaging was circa 1875

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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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