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Equivalent to pack + -age. Possibly influenced by Anglo-Latin paccagium or Old French pacquage.

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package (countable and uncountable, plural packages)

  1. Something which is packed, a parcel, a box, an envelope.
  2. Something which consists of various components, such as a piece of computer software.
    Did you test the software package to ensure completeness?
  3. (software) A piece of software which has been prepared in such a way that it can be installed with a package manager.
  4. (uncountable, archaic) The act of packing something.
    • 1781, A Complete Digest of the Theory, Laws, and Practice of Insurance[1], page 106:
      for, it has often happened that, without any accident at ſea, heavy averages, owing to bad package and ſtowage only, have been demanded, and paid by inſurers
    • 1813, William Milburn, Oriental Commerce: Containing a Geographical Description of the Principal Places in the East Indies, China, and Japan, with Their Produce, Manufactures, and Trade, Including the Coasting Or Country Trade from Port to Port: also the Rise and Progress of the Trade of the Various European Nations with the Eastern World, Particularly that of the English East India Company from the Discovery of the Passage Round the Cape of Good Hope to the Present Period: with an Account of the Company's Establishments, volume II, London: Black, Parry, and Co., page 533:
      The Company's instructions to the supracargoes of their ships are very particular as to the mode of package and stowage.
    • 1849, “TONGUE”, in Robert Bentley Todd, editor, The cyclopædia of anatomy and physiology, volume IV, London: Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, Paternoster-Row, pages 1127/2-1128/1, column 2:
      But we see more; we see a very curious and artificial arrangement of the fibres very much contributing to facilitate their package, and by which they mutually support one another and act with the greatest advantage.
  5. Something resembling a package. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  6. A package holiday.
  7. A football formation.
    the "dime" defensive package
    For third and short, they're going to bring in their jumbo package.
  8. (euphemistic, vulgar) The male genitalia.
    • 2013, Velvet Carter, Blissfully Yours, page 93:
      The women usually wore bikini tops with shorts, swimsuits underneath cover-ups or just swimsuits. Men came in various types of trunks, from traditional boxers, to Speedos, to G-string trunks that showcased their packages.
  9. (uncountable, historical) A charge made for packing goods.
  10. (journalism) A group of related stories spread over several pages.
  11. (television, radio) Synonym of wrap (complete news report ready for broadcast)
    • 2005, Ted White, Broadcast News: Writing, Reporting, and Producing, page 245:
      Attend a news conference, and prepare a wrap or package.

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Verb edit

package (third-person singular simple present packages, present participle packaging, simple past and past participle packaged)

  1. To pack or bundle something.
  2. To travel on a package holiday.
  3. To prepare (a book, a television series, etc.), including all stages from research to production, in order to sell the result to a publisher or broadcaster.

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