petit four


pe·​tit four ˌpe-tē-ˈfȯr How to pronounce petit four (audio)
-ˈfu̇r How to pronounce petit four (audio)
plural petits fours or petit fours ˌpe-tē-ˈfȯrz How to pronounce petit four (audio)
: a small cake cut from pound or sponge cake and frosted

Examples of petit four in a Sentence

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Word History


French, literally, small oven

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of petit four was in 1875

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“Petit four.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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petit four

plural petits fours or petit fours -ē-ˈfō(ə)rz How to pronounce petit four (audio)
: a small frosted cake
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