pack·​et | \ ˈpa-kət How to pronounce packet (audio) \

Definition of packet

1a : a small bundle or parcel
b : a small thin package
c British
d chiefly British : a considerable amount that trip will cost a packet
2a : a number of letters dispatched at one time
b : a small group, cluster, or mass
3 : a passenger boat usually carrying mail and cargo
4 British : a pack of cigarettes
5 : a short fixed-length section of data that is transmitted as a unit in an electronic communications network

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Examples of packet in a Sentence

I got two packets of broccoli seeds to plant this summer. He puts two packets of sugar in his coffee. Could you get me another packet of ketchup? Your information packet includes a map and a schedule of all the events at the conference. I received the packet of legal papers today.
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Recent Examples on the Web The seed packet should say which category your melon is in. oregonlive, 25 May 2021 Inside the packet, there was a notebook and pen that was meant to accompany me on this journey. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 My favorite part about this delicious ramen hack is the fact the recipe skips out on the salty seasoning packet. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Apr. 2021 The key to proper cooking is making sure to fold the ends of the paper well in order to keep the steam and liquid inside the packet. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 4 Apr. 2021 Follow the seed packet's instructions for soil composition, sunlight and water needs. Laura Duerr,, 26 Mar. 2021 The packet contained four 5-by-7 prints of two related scenes. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2021 For more information and to review the sponsorship packet, go to cleveland, 20 Mar. 2021 Now, use the scissors to slice the foil packet into 10 or 12 strips, using full-stroke cuts. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of packet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for packet

Middle English pekette, pakat, from Anglo-French pacquet, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch pak pack

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The first known use of packet was in the 15th century

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6 Jun 2021

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“Packet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of packet

US : a small, thin package
British : a package in which something is sold and bought
US : a group of things that have been gathered together for a particular purpose and usually put into a container (such as a folder or a large envelope)


pack·​et | \ ˈpa-kət How to pronounce packet (audio) \

Kids Definition of packet

: a small package


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