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petit four

[pet-ee fawr, fohr; French puh-tee foor]
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noun, plural pet·its fours [pet-ee fawrz, fohrz; French puh-tee foor] /ˈpɛt i ˈfɔrz, ˈfoʊrz; French pə ti ˈfur/, pet·it fours.
  1. a small teacake, variously frosted and decorated.
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Origin of petit four

1880–85; < French: literally, small oven
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British Dictionary definitions for petit fours

petit four

noun plural petits fours (ˈpɛtɪ ˈfɔːz, French pəti fur)
  1. any of various very small rich sweet cakes and biscuits, usually decorated with fancy icing, marzipan, etc
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Word Origin

French, literally: little oven
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Word Origin and History for petit fours

see petit.

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