packet

[pak-it]

noun

verb (used with object)

to bind up in a package or parcel.

Nearby words

  1. packboard,
  2. packed,
  3. packed in like sardines,
  4. packed-cell volume,
  5. packer,
  6. packet switched system,
  7. packet switching,
  8. packframe,
  9. packhorse,
  10. packing

Origin of packet

1520–30; < Middle French pacquet, equivalent to pacqu(er) to pack1 + -et -et

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British Dictionary definitions for packet

packet

noun

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

verb

(tr) to wrap up in a packet or as a packet

Word Origin for packet

C16: from Old French pacquet, from pacquer to pack, from Old Dutch pak a pack

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Word Origin and History for packet

packet

n.

mid-15c., from Middle English pak "bundle" (see pack (n.)) + diminutive suffix -et; perhaps modeled on Anglo-French pacquet (Middle French pacquet), which ultimately is a diminutive of Middle Dutch pak. A packet boat (1640s) originally was one that carried mails. Packet-switching attested from 1971.

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