petit

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See also: pétit and pētīt

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French petit

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 plural) A little schoolboy.
  2. (obsolete, rare) A kind of pidgeon.

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

petit (uncountable)

  1. (printing, dated, French and German contexts) Alternative term for brevier.

Catalan[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. small, little

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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).

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Adjective[edit]

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

  1. small
    un petit verre de vin - a small glass of wine
  2. little
    un petit garçon - a little boy

Noun[edit]

petit m (plural petits, feminine petite)

  1. small one (anything that is small), little one (anything that is little)
  2. little one (child) (of humans or other animals)

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Usage notes[edit]

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]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. small

Noun[edit]

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

  1. something that is small

Old French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

petit

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

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