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

  • adjective Short and slender. Used of a girl or woman.
  • adjective Small in size or scope; tiny: synonym: small.
  • noun A clothing size for short, slender women.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Little; of small size; tiny.

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

  • adjective Small, little; of a woman or girl, of small size and trim figure.

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

  • adjective Of a woman: fairly short and of slim build.
  • adjective Of women's clothing: of small size.
  • adjective Small, little; insignificant; petty.

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

  • noun a garment size for short or slender women
  • adjective very small

Etymologies

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

[French, feminine of petit; see petit.]

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Borrowing from French petite, feminine of petit ("small, little").

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