[sa-shey or, esp. British, sash-ey]
- a small bag, case, or pad containing perfuming powder or the like, placed among handkerchiefs, lingerie, etc., to impart a pleasant scent.
- Also sachet powder. the powder contained in such a case.
Origin of sachet
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Examples from the Web for sachet
When she sighed she exhaled a heavy perfume of sachet powder.My Antonia
The air was heavy with the smell of stale grease paint, ointments, and sachet.The Octopus
To wear any redolence on the person in the shape of sachet bags is unpardonable.Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
It was in the middle tray of my trunk, packed with tissue paper and sachet.Paris Vistas
Helen Davenport Gibbons
The book was scented with the sachet, and had a sickly perfume; it was incense to Jane.A Singular Life
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
- a small sealed envelope, usually made of plastic or paper, for containing sugar, salt, shampoo, etc
- a small soft bag containing perfumed powder, placed in drawers to scent clothing
- the powder contained in such a bag
C19: from Old French: a little bag, from sac bag; see sack 1
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Word Origin and History for sachet
"small perfumed bag," 1838, from French sachet (12c.), diminutive of sac (see sac). A reborrowing of a word that had been used 15c. in the sense "small bag, wallet."
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