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  • Others point to a popular local dish, escargot called petits gris de Namur, or little grays.

    A Belgian Getaway

  • With many generations to come, the name of César de St. Auban must perforce be familiar as that of one of the greatest roysterers and most courtly libertines of the early days of Louis XIV., as well as that of a rabid anti-cardinalist and frondeur, and one of the earliest of that new cabal of nobility known as the petits-maîtres, whose leader the Prince de Condé was destined to become a few years later.

    The Suitors of Yvonne: being a portion of the memoirs of the Sieur Gaston de Luynes

  • What the people of Milan call chicchere, we call petits maitres, or fops.

    The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Alas, the moment one exits the café and emerges onto a dusty sidewalk, surrounded by crumbling facades and the rusting Peugeots known as petits taxis that wind through the garbage-strewn streets, the illusion evaporates: Casablanca meets Casablanca.

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  • Instead of the ancient stone, instead of the antique architecture, haughty and royal even in the sewer, with pavement and string courses of granite and mortar costing eight hundred livres the fathom, he would have felt under his hand contemporary cheapness, economical expedients, porous stone filled with mortar on a concrete foundation, which costs two hundred francs the metre, and the bourgeoise masonry known as a petits materiaux — small stuff; but of all this he knew nothing.

    Les Miserables

  • Instead of the ancient stone, instead of the antique architecture, haughty and royal even in the sewer, with pavement and string courses of granite and mortar costing eight hundred livres the fathom, he would have felt under his hand contemporary cheapness, economical expedients, porous stone filled with mortar on a concrete foundation, which costs two hundred francs the metre, and the bourgeoise masonry known as a petits materiaux -- small stuff; but of all this he knew nothing.

    Les Miserables, Volume V, Jean Valjean

  • Waiting for me when I step out the door (and then lining the roads of Moussoro) are the kids, the "petits" as they call them here.

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  • What had shaken the colonial regime was that even poor whites, so-called petits blancs, had joined Fedon’s rebellion without the least regard for racial boundaries.

    ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’

  • In fact, the former may be said to set off the latter, and there are many shortcomings, especially those which the French, so graphically describe as petits vices, ” small vices ” which, resulting from a generous and impulsive temperament, serve, like the Rembrandt shadow of a portrait, to render the subject more attractive to the eye.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • “Ms. Morgan brought it by, and petits bébés here went apeshit over the stuff.”

    Darkness Becomes Her

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