[sa-shey or, esp. British, sash-ey]
  1. a small bag, case, or pad containing perfuming powder or the like, placed among handkerchiefs, lingerie, etc., to impart a pleasant scent.
  2. 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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for sachet-powder


  1. 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-powder



"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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