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pe·​tite pə-ˈtēt How to pronounce petite (audio)
: having a small trim figure
usually used of a woman
petiteness noun


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: a clothing size for short women

Examples of petite in a Sentence

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The brothers were handed petite cups of tea to wash down the towering display of sandwiches and pastries. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 2 July 2024 Also named Stelae, the series includes a petite paperweight reminiscent of a shimmering ice block, a serving tray, and a pillar-like cocktail table that double as life-centering monuments. Alia Akkam, Architectural Digest, 1 July 2024
This year’s best resorts range from boutique and petite to sprawling and grand, and many of them even include a view of the water. Hannah Selinger, Travel + Leisure, 9 July 2024 Les petites mains traded their ateliers for the front row Paris is, of course, the birthplace of couture, with Charles Frederick Worth opening the first atelier a stone’s throw from the Place Vendôme, on Rue de la Paix, in 1858. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for petite 

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Word History



French, feminine of petit

First Known Use


1784, in the meaning defined above


1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of petite was in 1784

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“Petite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having a small trim figure
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