petite

adjective
pe·​tite | \ pə-ˈtēt How to pronounce petite (audio) \

Definition of petite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a small trim figure usually used of a woman

petite

noun

Definition of petite (Entry 2 of 2)

: a clothing size for short women

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from petite

Adjective

petiteness noun

Examples of petite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Relegated to bed rest, the petite artist battled severe weight loss and malnutrition, compelling her doctor to prescribe a feeding tube. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Elsewhere, Palm Springs has seen a flurry of petite resort openings, including a handful that have breathed new life into retro motels. Sarah Bruning, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 And each one of these petite latte mugs is actually handmade out in Portland, Oregon. Melissa Epifano, PEOPLE.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Escape to this six-bedroom, five-bathroom hillside retreat, with its luxurious private pool, rustic fireplaces, indoor-outdoor living areas, and petite library. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Aug. 2021 The timepiece was the first to bring the difficult-to-master grand and petite sonnerie complication down to wristwatch size, and this example, the first in the series, is expected to sell for between $1,090,000 and $2,180,000. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 26 Aug. 2021 But the petite park offers something pandemic-weary New Yorkers might crave even more: whimsy. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2021 The petite, no-nonsense Rio Wave opens to just one position and boasts not so much as a cupholder. Stephanie Krikorian, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2021 For daintier diners with smaller appetites, Michael's offers petite filet medallions ($26 for two) that also may be paired with shrimp ($22), king crab leg ($24), crab cake ($24) or a Maine lobster tail ($35). Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First, Williams-Adir bought a .32 Beretta, a gun petite enough to fit comfortably in her hands. Washington Post, 10 July 2021 And while mini bags may not be an unfamiliar silhouette by now, this summer’s versions bring a practical element despite being extra petite. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 14 June 2021 The pair have plans to further expand the Journelle brand this year to cater to more body types including petite and maternity. Meggen Taylor, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 In addition to high-end designers, a variety of styles from Ann Taylor, J. Crew and Talbots, among other labels, will be available in petite to plus sizes. Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Nov. 2020 In addition to high-end designers, a variety of styles from Ann Taylor, J. Crew and Talbots, among other labels, will be available in petite to plus sizes. Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Nov. 2020 In addition to high-end designers, a variety of styles from Ann Taylor, J. Crew and Talbots, among other labels, will be available in petite to plus sizes. Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Nov. 2020 In addition to high-end designers, a variety of styles from Ann Taylor, J. Crew and Talbots, among other labels, will be available in petite to plus sizes. Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Nov. 2020 In addition to high-end designers, a variety of styles from Ann Taylor, J. Crew and Talbots, among other labels, will be available in petite to plus sizes. Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'petite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of petite

Adjective

1784, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petite

Adjective

French, feminine of petit

Keep scrolling for more

Buying Guide

Our team at The Usage has selected the best running shorts for women of 2021.

Learn More About petite

Dictionary Entries Near petite

Petitcodiac

petite

petite bourgeoisie

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for petite

Last Updated

22 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Petite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petite. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for petite

petite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of petite

: having a small and thin body

petite

adjective
pe·​tite | \ pə-ˈtēt How to pronounce petite (audio) \

Kids Definition of petite

: having a small trim figure

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!