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  1. divided into parts, usually into a specified number of parts (usually used in combination): a tripartite agreement.
  2. Botany. parted.
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Origin of partite

First recorded in 1560–70, partite is from the Latin word partītus (past participle of partīrī to divide). See part, -ite2


[pahr-tee-tuh; Italian pahr-tee-tah]
noun, plural par·ti·tas, par·ti·te [pahr-tee-tey; Italian pahr-tee-te] /pɑrˈti teɪ; Italian pɑrˈti tɛ/. Music.
  1. an instrumental suite common chiefly in the 18th century.
  2. a set of variations.
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Origin of partita

1875–80; < Italian, feminine of partito divided. See party
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Historical Examples

  • The leaves are said to be very deeply pinnately partite; but drawn—as neither pinnate nor partite!

    Proserpina, Volume 1

    John Ruskin

  • In form these compositions, which were generally called divertimenti or partite (partie) resembled those just described.

British Dictionary definitions for partite


  1. (in combination) composed of or divided into a specified number of partsbipartite
  2. (esp of plant leaves) divided almost to the base to form two or more parts
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin partīre to divide


noun plural -te (-teɪ) or -tas
  1. music a type of suite
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Word Origin

Italian: divided (piece), from Latin partīre to divide
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