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[pak-uh-jing] /ˈpæk ə dʒɪŋ/
an act or instance of packing or forming packages:
At the end of the production line is a machine for packaging.
the package in which merchandise is sold or displayed:
Attractive packaging can help sell a product.
Origin of packaging
1870-75; package + -ing1


[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 packaging
  • You'll find sources for the special equipment and decorations, plus packaging ideas.
  • Talented craftspeople are turning food packaging into sophisticated and creative wares.
  • They had odd shapes and their packaging was crudely printed.
  • She lays them neatly into cartons to be sent to the packaging plant.
  • Seat time and credit hours are simply a convenient way of packaging the content.
  • It was plastic packaging that had once held a comforter.
  • Education is a social responsibility, not a product for packaging.
  • Later, the police had found on the houseboat the packaging to a pair of large kitchen knives, apparently bought in a local bazaar.
  • The cups are part of a growing trend in sustainable packaging, which has had its own bumps.
  • Kids think foods taste better if the products have cartoon characters on the packaging, a new study shows.
British Dictionary definitions for packaging


  1. the box or wrapping in which a product is offered for sale
  2. the design of such a box or wrapping, esp with reference to its ability to attract customers
the presentation of a person, product, television programme, etc, to the public in a way designed to build up a favourable image
the work of a packager


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 packaging



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for packaging


  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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