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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Her method requires things to be stored vertically — even clothes are folded into little packets, so they can be stored like file folders in dresser drawers — which was a particular challenge for Caboodles’ shallow shelves. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Can Marie Kondo Conquer Caboodles?," 17 Aug. 2018 But even those tiny packets of product require spending money on something in order to add them to cart. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Sephora Is Giving Away Free Face Masks, and There's No Catch," 25 July 2018 Nomination packets and category details are at or at (219) 644-3513. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 13 July 2018 The White House had already sent Congress background packets on the four finalists for the seat: Mr. Kavanaugh, Thomas M. Hardiman, Raymond M. Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett. New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: Frequently Asked Questions on the Person and the Process," 9 July 2018 As pay packets stretch less far, consumption will suffer. The Economist, "Argentina’s currency crisis is far from over," 5 July 2018 Pizza Dough 1 packet active dry yeast 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons plus a bit more olive oil, divided 1 cup mozzarella cheese ½ tablespoon crushed pistachios Pour the warm water into a bowl. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 Transfer foil packets to grill and cook squash until tender, about 25 minutes. Country Living, "Foil-Wrapped Squash with Ricotta Salata," 14 May 2011 Lopez recommends that meals provide significantly more in terms of calories than a packet of instant oatmeal on its own can provide. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Doctor Up an Instant Oatmeal Packet to Make a Delicious and Filling Breakfast, According to R.D.s," 3 Feb. 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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