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petite

[puh-teet] /pəˈtit/
adjective
1.
(of a woman) short and having a small, trim figure; diminutive.
noun
2.
a category of clothing sized for women or girls of less than average height and with average or diminutive figures.
3.
a garment in such a size:
The petites are on that rack.
4.
a woman or girl who wears clothing of such a size.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < French; feminine of petit
Related forms
petiteness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for petite

petite

/pəˈtiːt/
adjective
1.
(of a woman) small, delicate, and dainty
Word Origin
C18: from French, feminine of petit small
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Word Origin and History for petite
adj.

"little," 1784 (from 1712 in French phrases taken into English), from French petite, fem. of petit "little" (see petit). As a size in women's clothing, attested from 1929.

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