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petit point

  1. a small stitch used in embroidery.Compare gros point(def 1), tent stitch.
  2. embroidery done on a canvas backing and resembling woven tapestry.
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Origin of petit point

1880–85; < French: literally, small stitch
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Examples from the Web for petit point

Historical Examples

  • Petit-point, damask, velvet, and chintz were all used for upholstery and hangings.

    Furnishing the Home of Good Taste

    Lucy Abbot Throop

British Dictionary definitions for petit point

petit point

  1. Also called: tent stitch a small diagonal needlepoint stitch used for fine detail
  2. work done with such stitches, esp fine tapestry
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Compare gros point

Word Origin

French: small point
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