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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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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And then there are 60 packets of Death Wish Coffee from New York state. Washington Post, "SpaceX launches AI robot, strong coffee for station crew," 29 June 2018 With 100,000 pins, this sausage, potato, and green bean foil packet is one of Pinterest's favorites. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "9 Healthy Foods Pinterest Can't Wait to Make in 2019," 16 Jan. 2019 Investigators recovered a hypodermic needle and empty wax packets from the man, whose identity was not released by the district attorney’s office. Vinny Vella,, "Delco DA: Convicted drug dealer traded fatal dose of heroin for Playstation 4," 11 June 2018 Made of super absorbent and lightweight high-tech fabrics, these anti-bacterial, stain-resistant, and fast-drying towels fold into an easy-to-carry packet the size of a small clutch purse. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 29 May 2018 The judge did not agree with the plaintiffs’ assertion that the county had systemically failed to send notices and renewal packets to beneficiaries early enough. Anna Gorman, Washington Post, "L.A. County Unlawfully Terminated Thousands Of Medi-Cal Recipients, Court Rules," 17 May 2018 One man digging out packets of biscuits had half submerged himself in the mess. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia disaster survivors search debris for food, drinks," 2 Oct. 2018 Generous pay packets and undemanding bonus targets can be a warning that a company’s board has been cowed by overbearing executives: Think of advertising firm WPP’s problems with longtime former CEO Martin Sorrell. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "The Nissan Lesson: Pay Close Attention to Pay," 27 Nov. 2018 In the future, Royal Caribbean will also implement wooden coffee stirrers and drink picks, and look to get rid of plastic bags, cups, and condiment packets at the start of 2019, too, per USA Today. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "All of the Travel Companies and Places Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics," 13 July 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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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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