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 On April 10, 2020, according to records obtained by the news organizations, a member of the Grizzly Scouts who goes by the alias BoojerBro1776 emailed Carrillo an extensive packet of application materials, 31 pages in all. oregonlive, "How an active duty airman tried to start a civil war," 17 Apr. 2021 On April 10, 2020, according to records obtained by the news organizations, a member of the Grizzly Scouts who goes by the alias BoojerBro1776 emailed Carrillo an extensive packet of application materials, 31 pages in all. ProPublica, "“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War," 14 Apr. 2021 Noting that the Ozanne-Borden proposal included three lots on Dresden Road and one on Hanover Drive, several council members asked that their plans and background be included in the latest council packet to allow for further discussion this week. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights council takes closer look at 3rd infill housing proposal for 42 new homes," 22 Feb. 2021 Additionally, other essential benefits information, such as your company’s compensation and incentive programs, should be clearly detailed somewhere – whether on the company intranet, in a handbook, or in an onboarding packet. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Is it legal to be recorded at work without consent? Ask HR explains what you need to know," 26 Jan. 2021 Authorities seized an unopened packet of the drug, as well. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Forensic evidence in Chauvin trial shows fentanyl, meth mixed with Floyd's DNA in pill found in squad," 7 Apr. 2021 Signed, completed scholarship applications with all supporting documentation must be received in one packet and postmarked no later than May 29., "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 2 Apr. 2021 Now with a packet of blue pills, but still with cheerful vigor, even joy. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 16 Mar. 2021 Sprinkle the top with the spice packet if one is provided. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "It's time for corned beef: Three super easy ways to prepare it," 13 Mar. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Packet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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