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 cookiesIn 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, packagealsoparcelBritish English, junk mail ways of sending mail:first class/second classBritish English, airmail, surface mail, special delivery the person who delivers your mail:postman/postwomanBritish English, mailmanAmerican English, letter carrierAmerican English the place where you buy stamps, send letters and packages etc:post office the place where you put letters and packages:postboxBritish English/mailboxAmerican English the place where you receive letters and packages:letterboxBritish English/mailboxAmerican English ➔ See alsomail
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.