verb (used with object), pack·aged, pack·ag·ing.

Origin of package

First recorded in 1605–15, package is from the Dutch word pakkage baggage. See pack1, -age
Related formspack·age·a·ble, adjectivemis·pack·age, verb (used with object), mis·pack·aged, mis·pack·ag·ing.mis·pack·aged, adjectivesub·pack·age, nounun·pack·aged, adjective

Synonyms for package

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for package

Contemporary Examples of package

Historical Examples of package

  • She drew a package from the locker and looked at it ruefully.


    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 and Canadian another word for pack 1 (def. 8)

verb (tr)

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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