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.
Recent Examples on the Web While filling the wontons, remove only one wrapper from the packet at a time and cover the open package with a damp towel to prevent them from drying out. People Staff,, 2 Aug. 2022 The packet can be unfolded into a half-tube that is just large enough for one person to lie down inside. Lou Dzierzak, Scientific American, 25 July 2022 Put the wood chip packet on the high heat side of the grill. Joe Difazio, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 For more information and the application packet, visit oregonlive, 27 May 2022 Customers can find out if their product is recalled by reading the first three numbers in the 10-digit manufacturing code on the back of the packet. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 14 May 2022 Fill the pot with organic potting soil, and sow the seeds following the instructions on the packet. Dean Kuipers, Outside Online, 8 May 2022 DeWine’s chief of staff, Laurel Dawson, received the packet Jan. 28, 2019. cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 The fire is not expected to have any impact on city or well water in the area, according to the packet. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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17 Aug 2022

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“Packet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of packet

: a small package

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