[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

1475–85; < Middle French, equivalent to sach- (combining form of sac sack1) + -et -et
Can be confusedsachet sashay Sasha Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sachet

potpourri, fragrance, perfume

Examples from the Web for sachet

Historical Examples of sachet

  • 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

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 for sachet

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper