[ pahr-tahyt ]
/ ˈpɑr taɪt /


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

Nearby words

  1. partis,
  2. partisan,
  3. partisanism,
  4. partisanship,
  5. partita,
  6. partition,
  7. partition chromatography,
  8. partition coefficient,
  9. partition line,
  10. partitive

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 ]
/ pɑrˈti tə; Italian pɑrˈti tɑ /

noun, plural par·ti·tas, par·ti·te [pahr-tee-tey; Italian pahr-tee-te] /pɑrˈti teɪ; Italian pɑrˈti tɛ/. Music.

an instrumental suite common chiefly in the 18th century.
a set of variations.

Origin of partita

1875–80; < Italian, feminine of partito divided. See party Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for partite

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for partite


/ (ˈpɑːtaɪt) /


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

Word Origin for partite

C16: from Latin partīre to divide


/ (pɑːˈtiːtə) /

noun plural -te (-teɪ) or -tas

music a type of suite

Word Origin for partita

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

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