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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: pack

package

1 noun
     
package
pack‧age1 S2 W2 [countable]
1D something wrapped in paper, packed in a box and then sent by mail or delivered [= parcel British English]
There's a package here for a Miami Lakes address.
2 American EnglishBB the paper or plastic container that food or other goods are sold in [= packet British English]
package of
a package of meat
3B a set of ideas or services that are suggested or offered all together as a group
package of measures/proposals/incentives etc
The government has announced a package of measures to assist affected areas.
Many banks are offering financial packages for students.
4TD a set of related programs sold together for use on a computer
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

package, packet, packaging, packing, pack
!! Do not confuse these similar words. A package is a parcel, usually sent by post A package containing a bomb was delivered to her home. In American English, a package is also a paper or plastic container that food etc is sold in a package of cookies In British English, a packet is a box, bag, or some other container that things are sold in a packet of biscuits a packet of crisps. A packet can also sometimes be called a pack a pack of cigarettes. This meaning of pack is also used in American English. In American English, a packet is a small flat paper or plastic container for something such as tomato ketchup or sugar. The British word for this is sachet.Packaging is material that is put round things that are sold, to protect them or to encourage people to buy them It's the same old stuff in better packaging.Packing is material that is put around things to protect them, especially from getting damaged in the post Carefully remove the computer from its foam packing.
WORD FOCUS: mail WORD FOCUS: mail
things that people send: letter, postcard, package also parcel British English, junk mail

ways of sending mail: first class/second class British English, airmail, surface mail, special delivery

the person who delivers your mail: postman/postwoman British English, mailman American English, letter carrier American English

the place where you buy stamps, send letters and packages etc: post office

the place where you put letters and packages: postbox British English/mailbox American English

the place where you receive letters and packages: letterbox British English/mailbox American English


See also
mail

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