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



Definition of petite (Entry 2 of 2)

: a clothing size for short women

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petiteness noun

Examples of petite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Like the above dresses, this one also comes in a petite size. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "18 amazing deals from Anthropologie's huge summer sale," 19 June 2019 At a time when most of the machinery in orbit weighed thousands of kilograms, TUBSAT was a petite 45kg. The Economist, "A new business in small satellites orbiting the Earth," 15 June 2019 My son Aidan attends Saint John’s, a small parochial school tucked away in a petite canyon of Glen Park. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "It’s still moving up no matter the benches," 3 June 2019 In 2016 the brand also unveiled three new body types—petite, tall, and curvy. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "There’s Something About Barbie," 7 Mar. 2019 This tall, blonde Mandy was quite the counterpoint to her formerly brunette, petite stature, and many had a difficult time accepting the change. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Molly McCook Pens a Candid Letter About Her Time on the Show," 23 Mar. 2019 There was Nipsey, standing a statuesque 6-foot-3, in an all-white Louis Vuitton outfit with a white horse that carried the petite London, dressed in matching all-white, hair flowing down her shoulders. Jamilah King, Teen Vogue, "Nipsey Hussle's Death Brings a New Generation of Hip-Hop Heartbreak," 7 Apr. 2019 Bonus: The jeans are available in 27 and 32 inch length, as well as petite styles. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best High-Waisted Jeans for Curvy Girls," 30 Jan. 2019 Pocket pie, cookie set and petite fours are among the treat offerings, while bottles, keychains, mugs and shirts are available. Marc Bona,, "Hello Kitty Cafe food-merchandise truck making 1 NE Ohio stop," 11 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sketches are delivered, petites mains are stitching about, and Lagerfeld is watching over it all with a discerning eye, signing off on each couture creation. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Watch the Trailer for 7 Days Out, the New Netflix Series That Goes Inside a Chanel Couture Show and Other Landmark Events," 11 Dec. 2018 His previous base in Paris was a petite, 485-square-foot one-bedroom across the street from the café La Palette in Saint-Germain- des-Prés. Ian Phillips, ELLE Decor, "Seventh Heaven," 1 Aug. 2012 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

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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 How to pronounce petite (audio) \

Kids Definition of petite

: having a small trim figure

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