Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A wrapped or boxed object; a parcel.
  • noun A container or wrapping in which something is stored, transported, or sold.
  • noun A commodity, such as food, contained in a package and sold as a unit.
  • noun A combination of items considered, offered, or sold as a unit.
  • noun Vulgar Slang A man's genitals.
  • transitive verb To place into a package or make a package of.
  • transitive verb To present or publicize in a certain way.
  • transitive verb To consider, offer, or sell as a unit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bundle or parcel; a quantity pressed or packed together: as, a package of cloth.
  • noun A unit of freight or luggage; an article of transportation, as a box or a bundle.
  • noun A charge made for packing goods.
  • noun A duty formerly charged in the port of London on goods imported or exported by aliens, or by denizens who were sons of aliens.
  • noun A box, basket, or other receptacle in which perishable articles of food are packed for transportation. See the extract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Act or process of packing.
  • noun A bundle made up for transportation; a packet; a bale; a parcel.
  • noun A charge made for packing goods.
  • noun A duty formerly charged in the port of London on goods imported or exported by aliens, or by denizens who were the sons of aliens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something which is packed, a parcel, a box, an envelope.
  • noun Something which consists of various components, such as a piece of computer software.
  • noun The art of packing something.
  • noun Something resembling a package.
  • noun A package holiday.
  • noun A football formation. IE; the "dime" defensive package.
  • noun euphemistic The male genitalia.
  • verb To pack or bundle something.
  • verb To travel on a package holiday.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb put into a box
  • noun a wrapped container
  • noun (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory
  • noun a collection of things wrapped or boxed together

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From pack + -age (act of packaging) or from cognate Dutch pakkage.

Examples

  • A package with goods inside declared at $51 USD - it's a parcel from the USA - add on customs charges and handling handling being the large part and that's an extra *half the cost of the orginal package*.

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  • A package with goods inside declared at $51 USD - it's a parcel from the USA - add on customs charges and handling handling being the large part and that's an extra *half the cost of the orginal package*.

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  • On TARGET system: for package in ` cat packages-on-DVD ` do QUERY = ` echo $package | cut - d ":" - f 2 `

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  • Our earliest evidence for the phrase package store, I am informed by Joanne Despres at Merriam-Webster, “is an entry in the 1918 Addenda to the New International Dictionary originally published in 1909, where it is labeled ‘cant, U.S.’”

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  • Our earliest evidence for the phrase package store, I am informed by Joanne Despres at Merriam-Webster, “is an entry in the 1918 Addenda to the New International Dictionary originally published in 1909, where it is labeled ‘cant, U.S.’”

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  • This package is the first crucial step in a concerted effort to create and save 3 to 4 million jobs, jumpstart our economy, and begin the process of transforming it for the 21st century with $275 billion in economic recovery tax cuts and $550 billion in thoughtful and carefully targeted priority investments with unprecedented accountability measures built in. ...

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  • And all I get when I ask customer service why I haven't received my package is an apology and an explanation that the weather is causing the delay.

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  • Seattle as a package is a much more visually stunning city.

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