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[sa-shey or, esp. British, sash-ey] /sæˈʃeɪ or, esp. British, ˈsæʃ eɪ/
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
1475-85; < Middle French, equivalent to sach- (combining form of sac sack1) + -et -et
Can be confused
sachet, sashay, Sasha. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sachet
Historical Examples
  • When she sighed she exhaled a heavy perfume of sachet powder.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • The air was heavy with the smell of stale grease paint, ointments, and sachet.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • 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
  • It was the sachet into which she had sewn the Disturbing Charm.

  • sachet unpinned, and refastened to the brocade lining of the tweed coat.

  • Griselda opened her sachet and took from it a crimson silk purse.

    Her Season in Bath Emma Marshall
  • She smelled pleasantly of sachet and a certain heady scent she affected.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • In the fragments of the sachet I found six smaller diamonds and a pair of rubies.

    Under the Red Robe Stanley Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for sachet


a small sealed envelope, usually made of plastic or paper, for containing sugar, salt, shampoo, etc
  1. a small soft bag containing perfumed powder, placed in drawers to scent clothing
  2. the powder contained in such a bag
Word Origin
C19: from Old French: a little bag, from sac bag; see sack1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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