Definition of “container” - English Dictionary

“container” in British English

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containernoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈteɪ.nər/ us /kənˈteɪ.nɚ/

B2 a hollow object, such as a box or a bottle, that can be used for holding something, especially to carry or store it:

an airtight container
a plastic drinks container

a very large metal box used for transporting goods:

a container ship/lorry

More examples

  • The crane lifted the container off the ship.
  • Biscuits will stay crisp if you keep them in an airtight container.
  • This container will take six litres.
  • Discarded food containers and bottles littered the streets.
  • These organic olives are packaged in recycled glass containers.

(Definition of “container” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“container” in American English

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containernoun [ C ]

us /kənˈteɪ·nər/

a hollow object, such as a box or a bottle, which can be used for holding something esp. for the purposes of carrying or storing:

plastic milk containers

(Definition of “container” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“container” in Business English

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containernoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈteɪnər/ us

a hollow object, such as a box or a bottle, which can be used for holding something, especially to carry or store it:

After opening, transfer the contents of the tin to a plastic container for storage.

TRANSPORT a very large metal box used for transporting goods:

a cargo/freight/shipping container
a container lorry/ship/truck
container business/traffic Around three-quarters of the world's 50-billion dollar container business is still done under service contracts.
a container port/terminal Hong Kong ranked as the world's second busiest container port last year, after Singapore.

(Definition of “container” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)