petite

[ puh-teet ]
/ pəˈtit /

adjective

(of a woman) short and having a small, trim figure; diminutive.

noun

a category of clothing sized for women or girls of less than average height and with average or diminutive figures.
a garment in such a size: The petites are on that rack.
a woman or girl who wears clothing of such a size.

Nearby words

  1. petit mal,
  2. petit point,
  3. petit serjeanty,
  4. petit treason,
  5. petit's lumbar triangle,
  6. petite bourgeoise,
  7. petite bourgeoisie,
  8. petite marmite,
  9. petitio principii,
  10. petition

Origin of petite

1705–15; < French; feminine of petit

Related formspe·tite·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for petite

petite

/ (pəˈtiːt) /

adjective

(of a woman) small, delicate, and dainty

Word Origin for petite

C18: from French, feminine of petit small

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Word Origin and History for petite

petite

adj.

"little," 1784 (from 1712 in French phrases taken into English), from French petite, fem. of petit "little" (see petit). As a size in women's clothing, attested from 1929.

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