Definition of petits pois in English:

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petits pois

Pronunciation: /ˌpedē ˈpwä/

plural noun

Young peas that are picked before they are grown to full size; small, fine peas.
Example sentences
  • The protein-packed power breakfast menu one morning included juicy fried chicken spiked with loads of black pepper and garlic, served with salad and a hefty dollop of mayonnaise, and sautéed kidneys and onions with petits pois.
  • The second course followed, starring fresh green peas, two ways: Petits pois en brandade, velouté de petits pois, et pain grillé.
  • Some of this glamour still attaches to the French petits pois, which are not a separate variety but ordinary peas harvested very young.


French, literally 'small peas'.

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Syllabification: pe·tits pois

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