Definition of petit point in English:

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petit point

Pronunciation: /ˈpedē ˌpoint/


A type of embroidery on canvas, consisting of small, diagonal, adjacent stitches.
Example sentences
  • The stitchers display dazzling skill and finesse, creating textured surfaces of petit point, needlepoint, beading, embroidery, appliqué, smocking and macramé.
  • ‘An interior drawer reveals a tiny, hand-made acorn, and the exterior has one panel embroidered in petit point and the rest in satin stitch,’ he said.
  • Another type of chair which recurs has a square back and is covered in tapestry or petit point, with a pattern of flowers and leaves in green and buff.


Late 19th century: from French, literally 'little stitch'.

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Syllabification: pe·tit point

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