[ pak-it ]
/ ˈpæk ɪt /
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verb (used with object)

to bind up in a package or parcel.



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Origin of packet

First recorded in 1520–30; from Middle French pacquet, equivalent to pacqu(er) pack1 + -et -et
1. See package.
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British Dictionary definitions for packet

/ (ˈpækɪt) /


a small or medium-sized container of cardboard, paper, etc, often together with its contentsa packet of biscuits Usual US and Canadian word: package, pack
a small package; parcel
Also called: packet boat a boat that transports mail, passengers, goods, etc, on a fixed short route
slang a large sum of moneyto cost a packet
computing a unit into which a larger piece of data is broken down for more efficient transmissionSee also packet switching


(tr) to wrap up in a packet or as a packet
C16: from Old French pacquet, from pacquer to pack, from Old Dutch pak a pack
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