1870–75; package + -ing1 Unabridged


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

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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package (ˈpækɪdʒ)
1.  any wrapped or boxed object or group of objects
2.  a.  a proposition, offer, or thing for sale in which separate items are offered together as a single or inclusive unit
 b.  (as modifier): a package holiday; a package deal
3.  a complete unit consisting of a number of component parts sold separately
4.  the act or process of packing or packaging
5.  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
6.  (US), (Canadian) another word for pack
7.  to wrap in or put into a package
8.  to design and produce a package for (retail goods)
9.  to group (separate items) together as a single unit
10.  to compile (complete books) for a publisher to market

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

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Word Origin & History

1540, "the act of packing," from pack (n.) or from cognate Du. pakkage "baggage." The main modern sense of "bundle, parcel" is first attested 1722. The verb is 1922, from the noun. Package deal is from 1952.
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