[ puh-teet ]
/ pəˈtit /


(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

1705–15; < French; feminine of petit

Related forms

pe·tite·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for petite


/ (pəˈtiːt) /


(of a woman) small, delicate, and dainty

Word Origin for petite

C18: from French, feminine of petit small
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