petit

adjective
pet·​it | \ ˈpe-tē How to pronounce petit (audio) \

Definition of petit

: petty sense 1 used chiefly in legal compounds

Examples of petit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What to drive While the region is well-connected by highway, the villages themselves have very petit parking spots. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of petit

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petit

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

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“Petit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petit. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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petit

adjective
pet·​it | \ ˈpe-tē How to pronounce petit (audio) \

Legal Definition of petit

: petty

History and Etymology for petit

Anglo-French, minor, small

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