Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lesser in seriousness or scale.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Small; petty; inferior
  • noun Same as petty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Obs., except in legal language. Small; little; insignificant; mean; -- Same as petty.
  • adjective an inferior civil officer, subordinate to the high constable.
  • adjective a jury of twelve men, impaneled to try causes at the bar of a court; -- so called in distinction from the grand jury.
  • adjective the stealing of goods of, or under, a certain specified small value; -- opposed to grand larceny. The distinction is abolished in England.
  • adjective A fop; a coxcomb; a ladies' man.
  • adjective (Eng. Law) the tenure of lands of the crown, by the service of rendering annually some implement of war, as a bow, an arrow, a sword, a flag, etc.
  • adjective formerly, in England, the crime of killing a person to whom the offender owed duty or subjection, as one's husband, master, mistress, etc. The crime is now not distinguished from murder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective small or minor

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French.]

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  • "petit" "Petit" in Hungarian means: Pete (him)

    August 1, 2012