Definition of petit-maître in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpətɪˈmeɪtr(ə)/
Pronunciation: /p(ə)timɛtʀ/


1A dandy or fop.
Example sentences
  • Current aesthetic values remind me more of the post-French Revolution "petit-maîtres" than anything, a word that has negative connotations in French and Spanish (petimetre).
  • Cusset poses the question: "In this frivolous world of marquises, vicomtes, roués, and petit-maîtres who seem to be oblivious to any other reality than pleasure, is anything relevant for us today?"
2A minor musician, writer, or other artist.
Example sentences
  • The exhibition introduces drawings by some of the petit-maîtres - 18th-century French artists who concentrated on drawing rather than painting.


French, literally 'little master'.

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