petit

[ pet-ee; French puh-tee ]
/ ˈpɛt i; French pəˈti /

adjective Law.

small; petty; minor.

Origin of petit

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French; see petty

Definition for petit (2 of 2)

ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
[ en-se pe-tit plah-ki-dahm soo b lee-ber-tah-te kwee-ey-tem; English en-see pee-tit plas-i-dam suhb lib-er-tey-tee kwahy-ee-tem ]
/ ˈɛn sɛ ˈpɛ tɪt ˈplɑ kɪˌdɑm sʊb ˌli bɛrˈtɑ tɛ kwiˈeɪ tɛm; English ˈɛn si ˈpi tɪt ˈplæs ɪˌdæm sʌb ˌlɪb ərˈteɪ ti kwaɪˈi tɛm /

Latin.

by the sword she seeks quiet peace under liberty: motto of Massachusetts.
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British Dictionary definitions for petit (1 of 2)

petit
/ (ˈpɛtɪ) /

adjective

(prenominal) mainly law of little or lesser importance; smallpetit jury

Word Origin for petit

C14: from Old French: little, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for petit (2 of 2)

Petit
/ (French pəti) /

noun

Roland (rɔlɑ̃). 1924–2011, French ballet dancer and choreographer. His innovative ballets include Carmen (1949), Kraanerg (1969), and The Blue Angel (1985); he also choreographed films, such as Anything Goes (1956) and Black Tights (1960)
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