petit

adjective

pet·​it ˈpe-tē How to pronounce petit (audio)
: petty sense 1
used chiefly in legal compounds

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, small, minor, from Anglo-French, small

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of petit was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near petit

Cite this Entry

“Petit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petit. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

petit

adjective
pet·​it ˈpe-tē How to pronounce petit (audio)
: petty
Etymology

Anglo-French, minor, small

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