petit-maître

noun

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

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petit-ma%C3%AEtre. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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