petit

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ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem

[en-se pe-tit plah-ki-dahm soob lee-ber-tah-te kwee-ey-tem; English en-see pee-tit plas-i-dam suhb lib-er-tey-tee kwahy-ee-tem]
Latin.
by the sword she seeks quiet peace under liberty: motto of Massachusetts.
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petit (ˈpɛtɪ)
 
adj
chiefly (prenominal) law of little or lesser importance; small: petit jury
 
[C14: from Old French: little, of obscure origin]

Petit (French pəti)
 
n
Roland (rɔlɑ̃). born 1924, French ballet dancer and choreographer. His innovative ballets include Carmen (1949), Kraanerg (1969), and The Blue Angel (1985); he also choreographed films, such as Anything Goes (1956) and Black Tights (1960)

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petit
mid-14c., "trifling," from O.Fr. petit "small" (11c.), probably from stem of L.L. pitinnus "small," of uncertain origin, perhaps ultimately from Celtic root *pett- "part, piece, bit" (see piece). Attested as a surname from 1086. Replaced by petty (q.v.) in most usages, except
in established forms such as petit bourgeois "conventional middle-class" (1853, used by Charlotte Brontë earlier than by Marx or Engels; petty bourgeois, however, is attested from 1850), petit mal (1842, "little evil," mild form of epilepsy), and petit four (1884), which in Fr. means "little oven," from O.Fr. four "oven," from L. furnus.
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