pack·et | \ˈpa-kət \

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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Synonyms for packet


bundle, pack, package, parcel

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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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Before substantial resolutions or ordinances can be placed in an agenda packet, the sponsor — Brooks, in this case — is supposed to file a memo or report explaining the item. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Concerns over Oakland official’s plan to divert funds to center in her district," 7 Jan. 2018 Baker said Matter was creating and exporting phone list packets and precinct analysis, which an intern wouldn’t have been assigned to. Steven Lemongello,, "State won't seek charges in Rene Plasencia spy allegations," 10 July 2018 The Travel 8-Step Regime from Oh K! is super convenient for overnighters, with one dose of body wash, shampoo, cleansing oil, facial foam, toning serum, lotion, moisturizer and a gold jelly mask in a slim set of detachable packets. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018 Assisted by a lawyer, Ms. Souza filled out a 36-page packet and submitted documents attesting to her relationship to Diogo. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Torn Apart by Zero Tolerance, Kept Apart by Red Tape," 24 June 2018 The waste items in most lunches are crisp packets and chocolate wrappers. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Our children's plastic lives seen through lunches," 7 June 2018 But everywhere all over Latin America, there is just a phenomenal volume of packets being sold right now., "The Magic, Global Craze and Tradition of Panini's World Cup Sticker Albums," 6 June 2018 Participants will make soda-can chicken (an alternative to beer-can chicken), hobo potato packets and blueberry mint mango ice cream. Carrie Blackmore Smith,, "Unique summer outings to explore with the kids this summer in Cincinnati," 5 June 2018 According to a company spokesman, the sauce will be available at all southeast Michigan locations starting at lunchtime Monday — hundreds of packets at each store. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "'Rick and Morty' fans: McDonald's is again bringing back famed Szechuan sauce," 22 Feb. 2018

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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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Phrases Related to packet

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press packet

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English Language Learners Definition of packet

: a small, thin package

: a package in which something is sold and bought

: 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 \

Kids Definition of packet

: a small package

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