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  1. an act or instance of packing or forming packages: At the end of the production line is a machine for packaging.
  2. the package in which merchandise is sold or displayed: Attractive packaging can help sell a product.
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Origin of packaging

First recorded in 1870–75; package + -ing1


  1. a bundle of something, usually of small or medium size, that is packed and wrapped or boxed; parcel.
  2. a container, as a box or case, in which something is or may be packed.
  3. something conceived of as a compact unit having particular characteristics: That child is a package of mischief.
  4. the packing of goods, freight, etc.
  5. a finished product contained in a unit that is suitable for immediate installation and operation, as a power or heating unit.
  6. a group, combination, or series of related parts or elements to be accepted or rejected as a single unit.
  7. a complete program produced for the theater, television, etc., or a series of these, sold as a unit.
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verb (used with object), pack·aged, pack·ag·ing.
  1. to make or put into a package.
  2. to design and manufacture a package for (a product or series of related products): They package their soaps in eye-catching wrappers.
  3. to group or combine (a series of related parts) into a single unit.
  4. to combine the various elements of (a tour, entertainment, etc.) for sale as a unit.
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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


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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.
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Related Words

load, gather, bind, stow, bundle, collect, store, drape, hide, swaddle, swathe, shroud, immerse, cover, cloak, sheathe, fold, enclose, bandage, clothe

Examples from the Web for packaging

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  • After passing him, the washing machines went to the packaging section.

    Cost of Living

    Robert Sheckley

  • A popular type and packaging of mild Cheddar, originally English.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

  • They roast it, grind it, and then it goes into these hoppers, and then down to the packaging machinery.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Adequate refrigeration is requisite both to chill the curd before molding and to preserve it after packaging.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • Jacob amused himself by rigging a fishing line out of some of the packaging material that contained his food.

    The Reluctant Weapon

    Howard L. Myers

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
  1. the presentation of a person, product, television programme, etc, to the public in a way designed to build up a favourable image
  2. the work of a packager
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  1. 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
  2. a complete unit consisting of a number of component parts sold separately
  3. the act or process of packing or packaging
  4. 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
  5. US and Canadian another word for pack 1 (def. 8)
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verb (tr)
  1. to wrap in or put into a package
  2. to design and produce a package for (retail goods)
  3. to group (separate items) together as a single unit
  4. to compile (complete books) for a publisher to market
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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 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.

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

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