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pet·italso pet·ty (pĕt′ē)
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.]
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(Law) (prenominal) chiefly law of little or lesser importance; small: petit jury.
[C14: from Old French: little, of obscure origin]
(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)
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pet•it(ˈpɛt i, pəˈti)
Law. small; petty; minor.
[1325–75; < Middle French]
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