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[pak-ij] /ˈpæk ɪdʒ/
a bundle of something, usually of small or medium size, that is packed and wrapped or boxed; parcel.
a container, as a box or case, in which something is or may be packed.
something conceived of as a compact unit having particular characteristics:
That child is a package of mischief.
the packing of goods, freight, etc.
a finished product contained in a unit that is suitable for immediate installation and operation, as a power or heating unit.
a group, combination, or series of related parts or elements to be accepted or rejected as a single unit.
a complete program produced for the theater, television, etc., or a series of these, sold as a unit.
verb (used with object), packaged, packaging.
to make or put into a package.
to design and manufacture a package for (a product or series of related products):
They package their soaps in eye-catching wrappers.
to group or combine (a series of related parts) into a single unit.
to combine the various elements of (a tour, entertainment, etc.) for sale as a unit.
1605-15; < Dutch pakkage baggage. See PACK1, -AGE
Related forms
packageable, adjective
mispackage, verb (used with object), mispackaged, mispackaging.
mispackaged, adjective
subpackage, noun
unpackaged, adjective
1. Package, pack, packet, parcel refer to a bundle or to something fastened together. A package is a bundle of things packed and wrapped: a package from the drugstore. A pack is a large bundle or bale of things put or fastened together, usually wrapped up or in a bag, case, etc., to be carried by a person or a beast of burden: a peddler's pack. A packet, originally a package of letters or dispatches, is a small package or bundle: a packet of gems. A parcel is an object or objects wrapped up to form a single, small bundle: a parcel containing two dresses. 2. carton. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for package
  • It is an offensive package complete with three wide receivers and a tight end.
  • Most prisons don't accept packages without return addresses, and this package doesn't have one.
  • Even though the company decided to print a date on the package, a judge dismissed the date as not having any legal worth.
  • It arrived in a plain brown package by registered mail, insured for one million dollars.
  • The modular structures arrive in a four-foot-by-eight-foot package and pop up in a day.
  • Nutritionally, potatoes are pretty much the complete package.
  • And there might be a crew care package from families, too.
  • Make and package these exquisite chocolates yourself.
  • Mix in a complete fertilizer according to package directions.
  • Beans and sunflowers were started from seed, following package instructions.
British Dictionary definitions for package


any wrapped or boxed object or group of objects
  1. a proposition, offer, or thing for sale in which separate items are offered together as a single or inclusive unit
  2. (as modifier): a package holiday, a package deal
a complete unit consisting of a number of component parts sold separately
the act or process of packing or packaging
(computing) a set of programs designed for a specific type of problem in statistics, production control, etc, making it unnecessary for a separate program to be written for each problem
(US & Canadian) another word for pack1 (sense 8)
verb (transitive)
to wrap in or put into a package
to design and produce a package for (retail goods)
to group (separate items) together as a single unit
to compile (complete books) for a publisher to market
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Word Origin and History for package

1530s, "the act of packing," from pack (n.) + -age; or from cognate Dutch pakkage "baggage." The main modern sense of "bundle, parcel" is first attested 1722. Package deal is from 1952.


1915, from package (n.). Related: Packaged; packaging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for package


  1. A large sum of money; bundle: That must have cost a package (1956+)
  2. The collective terms of acontract or agreement: The lefthander signed for a package including 10 million in two years, three McDonald's franchises, and the state of South Dakota (1952+)
  3. A particular combination or set: That rental car is part of the vacation package (1931+)
  4. The manner and quality of presentation, the trappings and ornamentation, etc, of something: It isn't what you've got, it's the package that impresses people (1947+)
  5. Someone who has an array of good qualities, plus good looks: She's the total package/ package that walked in my life

: He never peddled his idea because he didn't know how to package it (1947+)

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no prize package

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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