petit four

noun
pe·​tit four | \ ˌpe-tē-ˈfȯr How to pronounce petit four (audio) , pə-ˌtē-, -ˈfu̇r How to pronounce petit four (audio) \
plural petits fours or petit fours\ ˌpe-​tē-​ˈfȯrz How to pronounce petit fours (audio) , pə-​ˌtē-​ , -​ˈfu̇r(z) \

Definition of petit four

: a small cake cut from pound or sponge cake and frosted

Examples of petit four in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Swiftlet nests have been compared to caviar, petit fours, foie gras and even scones. 1843, "My quest to understand the appeal of bird’s nest soup," 22 Nov. 2019 To wrap up the cozy evening, dainty petit fours were served for dessert—a touch of sweet in anticipation of today’s Halloween sugar rush. Vogue, "Bloomingdale’s and the BFC Celebrated David Koma’s 10th Anniversary With a Winter Wonderland Dinner," 31 Oct. 2019 But for all their ideological similarities, Sanders and Warren are in many ways as different as ice cream and petit fours — one a reliable, simple classic; the other, a less familiar, refined taste. Los Angeles Times, "A tale of two rallies: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have similar ideas but competing paths to 2020 victory," 19 Aug. 2019 One of her majesty’s diplomats imparted this nugget of patrician contempt to me in October 2018 at a black-tie fundraiser in Washington, sometime between the petits fours and Boris Johnson’s after-dinner routine. Dominic Green, WSJ, "Trump, Brexit and the Former Ambassador," 10 July 2019 The brasseries in San Jose (Santana Row), Menlo Park and Larkspur will be celebrating Bastille Day with live music and entertainment and Bastille Day menu specials, including coq au vin, bouillabaisse and petits fours. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "9 SF Bay Area Bastille Day events," 2 July 2019 Just as the petit fours were being served, the designer—wearing his trademark leather jacket—popped in to say hello. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Celebrates the Launch of Its Mini Stirrup Watch at—Where Else?—The Polo Bar," 14 May 2019 Dessert was strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream followed by a selection of assorted fresh fruits, then coffee and petit fours. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Hosts a Lavish State Banquet for President Trump at Buckingham Palace," 3 June 2019 Which brings us back to the quiet little pop-up shop in the Marais district, where friends and family have begun to filter in for cocktails and petit fours, including designers such as Olivier Rousteing and Simon Porte Jacquemus. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Rihanna on Her Debut Fenty Collection—And Making History Two-Times Over," 23 May 2019

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First Known Use of petit four

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petit four

French, literally, small oven

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28 Nov 2019

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“Petit four.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petit%20four. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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petit four

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English Language Learners Definition of petit four

: a very small cake that is decorated with frosting

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