- (of a woman) short and having a small, trim figure; diminutive.
- 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.
Origin of petite
Related Words for petitediminutive, dainty, bantam, little, wee, slight, miniature, baby, delicate, elfin, tiny, smallish, minikin
Examples from the Web for petite
Contemporary Examples of petite
Missy, 37, is a petite, bespectacled gal with a green pixie cut, and her arms are adorned with tattoos.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set
December 9, 2014
She was a perky redhead of about 30 with lively blue eyes, a petite figure, and lots of nerve.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
In 1956, she happened across the petite, blond Lisa Winters boarding a local bus in Miami.The Queen of the Playboy Centerfolds
May 31, 2014
She is petite and fragile, and I am fit and…more to love tehe.The Famous Parents Modeling Club
May 28, 2014
Petite a-frame suede mini-skirts featured patchwork pockets or cut-out patterns on leather.Nicolas Ghesquière Presents His Debut Collection for Louis Vuitton
March 5, 2014
Historical Examples of petite
We have not seen the 'Petite Galérie' yet—dear me, how many years it is since I was in it!Grandmother Dear
He did not know what was being said, but he meant to support his petite amie in whatever she did.Chatterbox, 1906
He stayed, too, to eat of the petite souper Lady Throckmorton had ordered.Theo
Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
"I want to speak to you, petite," he said, as he drew her into a corner.The Son of Monte Christo
In 1794 the ground floor of the Petite Galerie was used as a Bourse.The Story of Paris
- (of a woman) small, delicate, and dainty
Word Origin for petite
"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.