Definition of packet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpækɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpækɪt//
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  1. 1  (British English) a small paper or cardboard container in which goods are packed for selling a packet of biscuits/cigarettes/crisps compare pack, package see also pay packet
  2. 2  a small object wrapped in paper or put into a thick envelope so that it can be sent by mail, carried easily or given as a present A packet of photographs arrived with the mail.
  3. 3(North American English) (British English sachet) a closed plastic or paper package that contains a very small amount of liquid or a powder a packet of instant cocoa mix
  4. 4[singular] (British English, informal) a large amount of money That car must have cost a packet.
  5. 5 (computing) a piece of information that forms part of a message sent through a computer network The data transmission is split into a number of packets of equal size.
  6. 6(North American English) a set of documents that are supplied together for a particular purpose a training packet
  7. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: diminutive of pack, perhaps from Anglo-Norman French; compare with Anglo-Latin paccettum.Extra examples My kids have summer math packets from their schools. a packet containing seeds a packet of crisps a weekly pay packet of £200 a weekly pay packet= wage of £200 a packet of biscuits/​cigarettes/​crisps
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: packet