petit four

[ pet-ee fawr, fohr; French puh-tee foor ]
/ ˈpɛt i ˈfɔr, ˈfoʊr; French pə ti ˈfur /

noun, plural pet·its fours [pet-ee fawrz, fohrz; French puh-tee foor] /ˈpɛt i ˈfɔrz, ˈfoʊrz; French pə ti ˈfur/, pet·it fours.

a small teacake, variously frosted and decorated.

Nearby words

  1. petit,
  2. petit beurre,
  3. petit bourgeois,
  4. petit déjeuner,
  5. petit feu,
  6. petit fours,
  7. petit jury,
  8. petit larceny,
  9. petit mal,
  10. petit point

Origin of petit four

1880–85; < French: literally, small oven

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British Dictionary definitions for petit fours

petit four

/ (ˈpɛtɪ ˈfɔː, French pəti fur) /

noun plural petits fours (ˈpɛtɪ ˈfɔːz, French pəti fur)

any of various very small rich sweet cakes and biscuits, usually decorated with fancy icing, marzipan, etc

Word Origin for petit four

French, literally: little oven

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Word Origin and History for petit fours

petit fours

see petit.

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