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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The packet, Dissent told Ars, also included a copy of a criminal complaint. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Blogger says she got an injunction for a post published five days earlier," 8 Aug. 2019 Admission includes one bingo packet (approximately nine games). Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: World Elephant Day, Journey Through China," 8 Aug. 2019 City would likely offer him a huge wage packet, which just might convince Oyarzabal to leave this time around., "Mikel Oyarzabal: 6 Things to Know About the €75m Manchester City Target," 29 July 2019 The Institute for Public Policy Research, a leftish think-tank, recently called for more food taxes and for sweets, crisps and soft drinks to be sold in plain packets, as cigarettes already are. The Economist, "Boris Johnson may reverse Britain’s embrace of sin taxes," 4 July 2019 The most destructive exploitations of the bugs the researchers found would still require special manipulations, like the ability to man-in-the-middle an organization’s web traffic and manipulate packets. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices," 29 July 2019 Because many of the vulnerabilities reside in the networking stack known as IPnet, they can often be exploited by little more than boobytrapped packets sent from the Internet. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "200 million devices—some mission-critical—vulnerable to remote takeover," 29 July 2019 The deadline to submit a nomination packet is Nov. 15., "Input sought for Shaker Main Library renovation; 12 young Jewish leaders to be recognized; more: Press Run," 26 July 2019 Napoli's purported interest in Inter striker Mauro Icardi is now 'concrete' after the Neapolitans offered him a €7m pay packet at the Stadio San Paolo., "Mauro Icardi Offered €7m Napoli Pay Packet as Antonio Conte Reiterates He Has No Inter Future," 19 July 2019

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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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