pe·​tit-maî·​tre pə-ˌtē-ˈmātrᵊ How to pronounce petit-maître (audio)
plural petits-maîtres pə-ˌtē-ˈmātrᵊ How to pronounce petit-maître (audio)
: dandy, fop

Word History


French, literally, small master

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of petit-maître was in 1711

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“Petit-maître.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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