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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.
Origin of package
First recorded in 1605-15, package is from the Dutch word 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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  • She drew a package from the locker and looked at it ruefully.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She tried to replace the package of letters exactly as she had found them.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Something connected with the package of letters in your lap?

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Rosa bent suddenly forward, and placed the package in Dilly's lap.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Pete tied the package, wiped his hands, and went heavily out.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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