packet Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"packet" in British English

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packetnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpæk.ɪt/

packet noun [C] (CONTAINER)

B1 UK a ​smallpaper or ​cardboardcontainer in which a ​number of ​smallobjects are ​sold: a packet ofcereal/​biscuits/​crisps/​peanuts a packet ofchewinggum/​cigarettes US (UK sachet) a ​smallclosedcontainer made of ​paper or ​plastic, ​containing a ​smallamount of something, usually enough for only one ​occasion: a packet of ​sugar UK an ​object that is ​wrapped in ​paper, etc., for ​example so that it can be ​sent by ​post: It will be ​cheaper to ​send it as a ​small packet.
US several ​documentsprovided as a set, giving ​information about something: Our ​bookkeepingtraining packet ​includes everything you need to get ​started.
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packet noun [C] (COMPUTERS)

specialized computing a ​unit of ​data that is ​sent over a ​computernetwork

packet noun [C] (BODY PART)

UK offensive (also package) a man's ​sexorgans

packet noun [C] (MONEY)

a packet UK informal a ​largeamount of ​money: That ​house must have cost a packet! Someone's making a packet out of this ​business.
(Definition of packet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"packet" in American English

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packetnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpæk·ɪt/
a ​smallpackage or ​envelope, or a ​collection of things in it: a packet of ​stamps A packet is also a ​piece of ​information that is ​exchanged between ​computers or over the ​Internet: The ​deviceconvertsspeech into ​digital packets that ​scatter and reassemble at ​theirdestination.
(Definition of packet from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"packet" in Business English

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packetnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpækɪt/
UK COMMERCE a ​smallpaper or cardboard ​container used to ​holdgoods, or the ​contents of the ​container: an empty cigarette packet He ate a whole packet of biscuits.
US COMMERCE a very ​smallcontainer for ​holding a ​smallamount of a ​liquid, sugar, etc.: a packet of ketchup
( US also mailer, UK also postal packet) COMMUNICATIONS a ​specialenvelope or ​container for ​sending things that can easily ​break, have an unusual ​shape, or are very ​small: In ​general, cigarettes, alcohol, and aerosols must not be ​included in ​postal packets .
US ( UK pack) a ​collection of ​documents that have been put together as a set: Aninformation packet is ​available for ​customers on ​request.
IT a ​collection of ​data that has been put together as a set: The X .25 ​interfacebreaks the datagrams up into 128-byte packets. All ​datasent over the ​internet goes in data packets.
cost/pay/make a packet UK informal to ​cost, ​pay, or ​earn a lot of ​money: The ​advertisingcampaign must have ​cost them a packet. He ​dropped out of university but now he's making a packet in ​banking.
(Definition of packet from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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