pack·​et | \ˈpa-kət \

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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Thankfully Triple Creek Ranch, my eventual destination, came stocked with every amenity: extra rain jackets, flashlights, and packets of sunscreen. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "I Ditched My Phone for a Montana Cattle Drive (and Finally Dealt With My Feelings)," 3 Oct. 2018 Pickup trucks filled with packets of instant noodles, crates of eggs and boxes of bottled water donated from local charities clogged the road leading to the runway. Stanley Widianto, The Seattle Times, "Toll climbs in Indonesia as desperate relatives try to reach disaster area," 1 Oct. 2018 They would be released to a sponsor with a packet of information about the school closest to them, the doctor who takes kids without insurance, an immigrants’ organization nearby. Letizia Rossi, The Cut, "I Worked at an ‘Unaccompanied Alien Child’ Shelter," 21 June 2018 Embedded inside the packets is code that’s not detected by traditional security scanning products and gets invoked by the attacker later. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bluetooth bugs bite millions of Wi-Fi APs from Cisco, Meraki, and Aruba," 1 Nov. 2018 Artist Alexander Girard color-coordinated everything, from the pastel aircraft paint jobs to the sugar packets. Michael Magers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Sisterhood of Braniff Flight Attendants," 31 Aug. 2018 To deal with the hello-message problem, the packets that carry those messages are simplified. The Economist, "A new type of battlefield network is in development," 14 June 2018 The Newington police delivered packets of information June 12 to the resident trooper in Salem, and to the Plainville Police Department. Jon Lender,, "State Police Probe Domestic Violence Claim Against Landry By Young Woman In Secret Affair," 13 July 2018 Growers affix brown packets of pheromones or specialized attractants to the wires for when a certain butterfly shows up to lay eggs on the grape vines. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Trip to Bordeaux wine country is an educational experience," 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

: a small, thin package

: a package in which something is sold and bought

: 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 \

Kids Definition of packet

: a small package

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a knickknack or trinket

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