American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Law Lesser; minor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Obs., except in legal language. Small; little; insignificant; mean; -- Same as petty.
- Middle English, from Old French. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_Le petit lundi_ of the Empress was not so _petit_ as I expected; there were at least four or five hundred people present.”
“Marx himself distinguishes between the proletariat - what most people today think of as the working class - and what he calls the petit-bourgeoisie - including the peasantry, artisans, and various entepreneurs.”
“Just realised the link I gave you for "The vilain petit canard" (Andersen) is ONLY a text (it's in French and you can print it if you want) ...”
“At school, when her hair-bow was called "petit bourgeois" by a teacher, she wore a bigger one.”
“We ordered mid-size ones (politely referred to as petit) for about $4 each and savored every bite on the sunny terrace outside.”
“Small wonder that orgasm has so often been likened to decease and gets referred to as the petit mort or little death.”
“The torn-up note, which would come to be known as the petit bleu, was a perfect example of this incompetence.”
“And having a proletarian spirit means to struggle without rest against what we could call petit bourgeois weaknesses [applause], petit bourgeois defects”
“One of twelve men, called a petit jury, whose duty it is to try causes, civil or criminal, in the county court and sessions, or circuit and oyer and terminer.”
“It was what the French call a petit bourg; it lay at the base of a sort of huge mound on the summit of which stood the crumbling ruins of a feudal castle, much of whose sturdy material, as well as that of the wall which dropped along the hill to inclose the clustered houses defensively, had been absorbed into the very substance of the village.”
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