See also: Petit, pétit, and pētīt

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɛti/, /pəˈtiː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɛdi/, /pəˈti/, /pəˈtit/

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English petit, from Old French petit, from Latin *pitittus, diminutive of Latin *pit-, possibly from Proto-Celtic *pett- (part, bit, piece). Compare also Latin pitinnus (small), pitulus. Doublet of petty.

AdjectiveEdit

petit (comparative more petit, superlative most petit)

  1. (now uncommon, of size) Petite: small, little.
  2. Petty, in its various senses:
    1. (obsolete) Few in number.
    2. (now uncommon, of objects) Unimportant; cheap; easily replaced.
    3. (law, of scale) Small, minor.
    4. (now rare) Secondary; lower in rank.
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NounEdit

petit (plural petits)

  1. (obsolete, usually in the plural) A little schoolboy.
  2. (obsolete, rare) A kind of pigeon.

Etymology 2Edit

From French petit (brevier) directly or via German Petit (brevier).

NounEdit

petit (uncountable)

  1. (printing, dated, French and German contexts) Synonym of brevier.

AnagramsEdit


CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Occitan [Term?], from Vulgar Latin *pittitus, an expressive creation (with variant forms pitinnus, pitulus, piccinus, pitikkus, etc.). Compare French petit.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

petit (feminine petita, masculine plural petits, feminine plural petites)

  1. small, little
    Antonym: gros

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FinnishEdit

VerbEdit

petit

  1. Second-person singular indicative past form of pettää.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French petit, from Vulgar Latin pittitus (775; compare Latin pitinnus, pitulus), possibly from Celtic or Frankish. Compare Spanish pequeño.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pə.ti/, /p.ti/
  • (file)
  • (Quebec) IPA(key): [p(ə)tsi]
  • (Louisiana) IPA(key): /pti/, /piti/, /ti/

AdjectiveEdit

petit (feminine singular petite, masculine plural petits, feminine plural petites)

  1. small
    un petit verre de vina small glass of wine
  2. little
    un petit garçona little boy
  3. petty
    Certaines personnes sont vraiment petites à propos des plus petites choses.
    Some people are really petty about the smallest things.

Usage notesEdit

Only three French adjectives have an irregular comparative: petit (moindre, but in certain senses only), mauvais (pire) and bon (meilleur).

NounEdit

petit m (plural petits, feminine petite)

  1. small one (anything that is small)
  2. little one (anything that is little)
  3. little one; child (of humans or other animals)
  4. the young (of a species)
    Le petit du lapin s'appelle le "lapereau".

Usage notesEdit

Often contracted, in popular or familiar speech, to p'tit (/pti/).

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Portuguese: petiz

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LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

petit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of petō

Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French petit.

AdjectiveEdit

petit m (feminine singular petite, masculine plural petitz, feminine plural petites)

  1. small

DescendantsEdit

NounEdit

petit m (plural petits, feminine singular petite, feminine plural petites)

  1. something that is small

OccitanEdit

AdjectiveEdit

petit m (feminine singular petita, masculine plural petits, feminine plural petitas)

  1. small
    Synonym: pichon
    Antonym: grand

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Joan de Cantalausa (2006) Diccionari general occitan a partir dels parlars lengadocians, 2 edition, →ISBN, page 743.

Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin *pitittus (compare Latin pitinnus, pitulus).

AdjectiveEdit

petit m (oblique and nominative feminine singular petite)

  1. small, little
  2. worthless; valueless
  3. poor; of poor quality

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DescendantsEdit