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 homeowner applying for the rebate must be current on all their property tax obligations and utility bills, according to the application packet. Dallas News, "Need to upgrade your home? Garland will help you pay for renovations," 19 June 2020 Unfortunately, the rubric by which packet readers evaluate your worth is proprietary information. Ronald Metellus, The New Yorker, "Diversity Fellowship Accepting Applications for the Next Five Minutes," 19 June 2020 Often, bouquets come with a packet of flower food that’s designed to keep cut flowers looking fresh. Southern Living, "How To Keep Cut Roses Alive," 17 June 2020 Some families may still receive their usual packet. The Economist, "Trickles of gold Covid-19 has squeezed migrants’ remittances to their families," 15 June 2020 The packet drop-offs didn’t reach all families, particularly those who live on the outer reaches of the sprawling Native American reservation in the Central Oregon high desert. oregonlive, "For Warm Springs students, distance learning hinged on the strength of connections, both human and technological," 14 June 2020 A couple of months after joining the sports apparel firm last year, Bond said she was given a design packet that included an image of a man wearing a T-shirt with a Confederate flag. Anchorage Daily News, "After years of marginalizing black employees and customers, Corporate America says ‘black lives matter’," 14 June 2020 Each packet costs around $11 and contains items such as flour, pulses, sugar, oil and spices -- enough to feed a family of four for 10 days. Swati Gupta And Edward Scott-clarke, CNN, "In India's remote villages, going hungry is as big a fear as catching the coronavirus," 4 June 2020 Some people add a piece of chalk, a packet of charcoal, or even silica gel to the bags to help remove moisture. Laura Lambert, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Clean Silver Jewelry in a Matter of Minutes," 3 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Packet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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