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pet·it

also pet·ty (pĕt′ē)
adj. Law
Lesser in seriousness or scale.

[Middle English, from Old French, little, small, from regional Vulgar Latin *pettīttus; (compare Catalan and Provençal *petit); akin to Late Latin pitullus and ultimately of imitative origin.]

petit

(ˈpɛtɪ)
adj
(Law) (prenominal) chiefly law of little or lesser importance; small: petit jury.
[C14: from Old French: little, of obscure origin]

Petit

(French pəti)
n
(Biography) Roland (rɔlɑ̃). 1924–2011, 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)

pet•it

(ˈpɛt i, pəˈti)

adj.
Law. small; petty; minor.
[1325–75; < Middle French]
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She doesn't knock about Paris with me by the hour; she contents herself with long interviews in the petit salon, with the curtains half-drawn, beginning at about three o'clock, when every one is a la promenade.
We wandered, also, through the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon, those monuments of royal prodigality, and with histories so mournful--filled, as it is, with souvenirs of Napoleon the First, and three dead kings and as many queens.
Just after breakfast he said to me in so many words, Je crois que Veslovsky fait un petit brin de cour a Kitty."
"Do you know, I really believe she is un petit peu amoureuse du jeune homme."*
For lunch I had the choice of two places, one Bohemian, the other select, even aristocratic, where I had still my reserved table in the petit salon, up the white staircase.
M'aimes-tu, petit?' To this keen question I replied as keenly, 'The Russian heart can recognize a great man even in the bitter enemy of his country.' At least, I don't remember the exact words, you know, but the idea was as I say.
"Hola, mon petit," said the old bowman, pushing his way through the crowd, with the huge forester at his heels.
They, too, ate, and that with no delicate appetite, and having demolished a large portion of the solids, they proposed a "petit verre." I declined.
The whole group of islands had just been taken possession of by Rear-Admiral Du Petit Thouars, in the name of the invincible French nation.
Though the rent and the cleaning by the concierge would come to a little more, they would save on the petit dejeuner, which they could make themselves.
"Oh, is it?" sneered Soapy, adding insult to petit larceny.
This consists of a simple gros de laine, trimmed with ashes of roses, with overskirt of scare bleu ventre saint gris, cut bias on the off-side, with facings of petit polonaise and narrow insertions of pa^te de foie gras backstitched to the mise en sce`ne in the form of a jeu d'esprit.