pe·​tite | \pə-ˈtēt \

Definition of petite 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having a small trim figure usually used of a woman



Definition of petite (Entry 2 of 2)

: a clothing size for short women

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Other Words from petite


petiteness noun

Examples of petite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Benjamin Ornelas, chef at Morton’s in Oak Brook, loves petite filet mignon sandwiches for really raising the picnic bar. Veronica Hinke,, "Tips to put together the perfect picnic this summer," 20 June 2018 Sizes range from small to XL but there are also petite-friendly one-pieces in the mix. Indya Brown, The Cut, "The Anti-Skimpy Swimsuit Brand to Know," 12 July 2018 Anne Tomlinson is petite in form but towering in stature. Jessica Gelt,, "Anne Tomlinson on two decades leading the Los Angeles Children's Chorus," 27 June 2018 Most of us are somewhere between uneasy and distraught with how our babies plot on growth charts, no matter whether our children are petite or portly. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Growth charts for kids don't measure up," 4 Apr. 2018 And for all the ladies trying to find petite sizes, Talbots ( has a big selection. Ellen Warren,, "Getting dressed for work requires skirting a double standard," 24 May 2018 Mattel's iconic plastic doll, whose small waist and long legs have been criticized for creating unrealistic expectations for girls, will be sold with three new bodies — curvy, tall and petite. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'Does anyone black work there?' Barbie with blond hair and cornrows sparks controversy | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 2018 The Flare and Flare+ blast a lot of sound out compared to their petite sizes and they can be paired to fill up a larger room. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Anker announced an affordable AirPods rival and a bunch of new speakers," 24 Apr. 2018 Winning unanimous disfavor, however, was the petite size of the six shrimp on the plate. Tim Smith,, "Get It Inn provides spicy addition to Locust Point," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here, Dior shared a few behind-the-scenes photos of the making of the dress exclusively with Vogue, plus a video of the petites mains at work in the atelier. Emily Farra, Vogue, "When Beige Isn’t Boring: The Story Behind Dior’s Toile de Jouy Couture Gown," 6 July 2018 Loft: This national chain (with locations in SouthPark, Northlake and Blakeney) takes denim seriously, with a range of styles, fits, colors and sizes (24-34 in many styles, but petites and plus are also available). Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "Where to buy jeans in Charlotte? Try these 9 shopper-recommended places," 8 June 2018 In terms of craft, is there a meaningful comparison to be made between the petites mains of the couture houses and the embroiderers of the Vatican? Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Trinity of Opinions on the Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’," 20 May 2018 The petite, raven-haired designer Tatiana Baibabaeva seems to be living a globe-spanning fairytale that will, if everything goes according to plan, soon land her in sun-swept Mallorca keeping shop with her husband. Vogue, "Tatiana Baibabaeva Is Infusing Slow Fashion with Sensuality, One Macramé Dress at a Time," 31 May 2018 On my doorstep was a petite, middle-aged Hispanic woman in a pink Gap sweatshirt and leggings. Amanda Needham, Washington Post, "I posted a huge note for the thief who stole my bike. Then my doorbell rang.," 16 Mar. 2018 Featuring options for men and women, as well as maternity, plus-sized and petites, clients can receive Fixes automatically or schedule them on-demand, with a variety of styles to choose from for all budgets -- plus free shipping and returns. NBC News, "A subscription box for every single person on your list," 20 Dec. 2017 Infinite Style features an edit of Ann Taylor's products, including dresses, tops, and bottoms, as well as separate sections dedicated to workwear, weekend, and petites. Ana Colon, Glamour, "You Can Now Rent Clothes From Ann Taylor For $95 a Month," 2 Nov. 2017 What to get: Gai Yang This petite, no-frills Lakewood restaurant has some surprises up its sleeve., "Cheap eats in Cleveland: 15 great dishes for $15 and under," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of petite


1784, in the meaning defined above


1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petite


French, feminine of petit

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The first known use of petite was in 1784

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English Language Learners Definition of petite

: having a small and thin body


pe·​tite | \pə-ˈtēt \

Kids Definition of petite

: having a small trim figure

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