Definition of petit in English:


Syllabification: pet·it
Pronunciation: /ˈpetē


  • (Of a crime) petty: petit larceny
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    • The Inner City, Canalgurdle and Jordaan may look innocent, but the "petit" crime rate is here no less than in the center of Paris or London.
    • He has also been accused of the petit crime of stealing and eating pies from the inn's pantry.


late Middle English (in the sense 'small or insignificant'): from Old French, 'small'; the same word as petty, with retention of the French spelling.

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