petite

petite

[puh-teet]
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:
1705–15; < French; feminine of petit

petiteness, noun
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petite (pəˈtiːt)
 
adj
(of a woman) small, delicate, and dainty
 
[C18: from French, feminine of petit small]

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