from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, square-cut, frosted and decorated piece of pound cake or sponge cake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small cake generally eaten at the end of a meal or served as part of a large buffet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small (individual) frosted and ornamented cake


French : petit, little + four, oven.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French petit fourĀ (literally "small oven"). (Wiktionary)


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