Pallet vs Package - What's the difference?

pallet | package |

As nouns the difference between pallet and package

is that pallet is a portable platform, usually designed to be easily moved by a forklift, on which goods can be stacked, for transport or storage or pallet can be a straw bed or pallet can be (heraldiccharge) a narrow vertical strip or pallet can be (painting) while package is something which is packed, a parcel, a box, an envelope.

As a verb package is

to pack or bundle something.



(wikipedia pallet)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) palet, from (etyl) palete, from (etyl) pallr


(en noun)
  • a portable platform, usually designed to be easily moved by a forklift, on which goods can be stacked, for transport or storage.
  • (military) A flat base for combining stores or carrying a single item to form a unit load for handling, transportation, and storage by materials handling equipmentJoint Publication 1-02 U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; 12 April 2001 (As Amended Through 14 April 2006). .
  • (military) (DOD only) 463L pallet – An 88” x 108” aluminum flat base used to facilitate the upload and download of aircraft.
  • Derived terms
    * palletizer

    Etymology 2

    From the (etyl) paillet, from (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • A straw bed.
  • (By extension from above) A makeshift bed.
  • Etymology 3

    (etyl) palla: to cut; hence a strip of cloth. The diminutive of the pale.


    (en noun)
  • (heraldiccharge) A narrow vertical strip.
  • Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • (painting)
  • * (Robert Southey)
  • The Old Dragon fled when the wonder he spied, / And cursed his own fruitless endeavor; / While the Painter call'd after his rage to deride, / Shook his pallet and brushes in triumph, and cried, / "I'll paint thee more ugly than ever!"
  • * 1860 , Chambers's Information for the People (volume 1, page 203)
  • For example, let a painter's pallet be suspended from the thumb-hole, as in the figure
  • A wooden implement, often oval or round, used by potters, crucible makers, etc., for forming, beating, and rounding their works.
  • A potter's wheel.
  • (gilding) An instrument used to take up gold leaf from the pillow, and to apply it.
  • (gilding) A tool for gilding the backs of books over the bands.
  • (brickmaking) A board on which a newly moulded brick is conveyed to the hack.
  • (Knight)
  • (engineering) A click or pawl for driving a ratchet wheel.
  • (engineering) One of the series of disks or pistons in the chain pump.
  • (Knight)
  • (horology) One of the pieces or levers connected with the pendulum of a clock, or the balance of a watch, which receive the immediate impulse of the scape-wheel, or balance wheel.
  • (music) In the organ, a valve between the wind chest and the mouth of a pipe or row of pipes.
  • (zoology) One of a pair of shelly plates that protect the siphon tubes of certain bivalves, such as the .
  • A cup containing three ounces, formerly used by surgeons.
  • (Webster 1913)


    * The Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd edition, Oxford University Press * Notes:



  • Something which is packed, a parcel, a box, an envelope.
  • Something which consists of various components, such as a piece of computer software.
  • Did you test the software package to ensure completeness?
  • (label) A piece of software which has been prepared in such a way that it can be installed with a package manager.
  • The act of packing something.
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  • Something resembling a package.
  • A package holiday.
  • A football formation.
  • the "dime" defensive package
    For third and short, they're going to bring in their jumbo package.
  • (euphemistic, vulgar) The male genitalia.
  • A charge made for packing goods.
  • Verb

  • To pack or bundle something.
  • To travel on a package holiday.
  • References

    * English euphemisms