petit

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See also: Petit, pétit, and pētīt

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɛti/, /pəˈtiː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɛdi/, /pəˈti/, /pəˈtit/

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Old French petit. Doublet of petty.

Adjective[edit]

petit (comparative more petit, superlative most petit)

  1. (now uncommon, of size) Petite: small, little.
  2. Petty, in its various senses:
    1. (obsolete) Few in number.
    2. (now uncommon, of objects) Unimportant; cheap; easily replaced.
    3. (law, of scale) Small, minor.
    4. (now rare) Secondary; lower in rank.
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Noun[edit]

petit (plural petits)

  1. (obsolete, usually in the plural) A little schoolboy.
  2. (obsolete, rare) A kind of pigeon.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French petit (brevier) directly or via German Petit (brevier).

Noun[edit]

petit (uncountable)

  1. (printing, dated, French and German contexts) Synonym of brevier.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Occitan [Term?], from Vulgar Latin *pittitus, an expressive creation (with variant forms pitinnus, pitulus, piccinus, pitikkus, etc.). Compare French petit.

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Adjective[edit]

petit (feminine petita, masculine plural petits, feminine plural petites)

  1. small, little
    Antonym: gran

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Finnish[edit]

Verb[edit]

petit

  1. Second-person singular indicative past form of pettää.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French petit, from Vulgar Latin pittitus (775; compare Latin pitinnus, pitulus), possibly from Celtic or Frankish.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pə.ti/, /p.ti/
  • (file)
  • (Quebec) IPA(key): [p(ə)tsi]
  • (Louisiana) IPA(key): /pti/, /piti/, /ti/

Adjective[edit]

petit (feminine singular petite, masculine plural petits, feminine plural petites)

  1. small
    un petit verre de vina small glass of wine
  2. little
    un petit garçona little boy
  3. petty
    Certaines personnes sont vraiment petites à propos des plus petites choses.
    Some people are really small about the smallest things.

Usage notes[edit]

Only three French adjectives have an irregular comparative: petit (moindre, but in certain senses only), mauvais (pire) and bon (meilleur).

Noun[edit]

petit m (plural petits, feminine petite)

  1. small one (anything that is small)
  2. little one (anything that is little)
  3. little one; child (of humans or other animals)
  4. the young (of a species)
    Le petit du lapin s'appelle le "lapereau".

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Often contracted, in popular or familiar speech, to p'tit (/pti/).

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

petit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of petō

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French petit.

Adjective[edit]

petit m (feminine singular petite, masculine plural petitz, feminine plural petites)

  1. small

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Noun[edit]

petit m (plural petits, feminine singular petite, feminine plural petites)

  1. something that is small

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin *pitittus (compare Latin pitinnus, pitulus).

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petit m (oblique and nominative feminine singular petite)

  1. small, little
  2. worthless; valueless
  3. poor; of poor quality

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