American English

Definition of container noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a box, bottle, etc., in which something can be stored or transported Food will last longer if kept in an airtight container.
  2. 2a large metal or wooden box of a standard size in which goods are packed so that they can easily be lifted onto a ship, train, etc., to be transported a container ship (= one designed to transport such containers)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: container