(of a woman) short and having a small, trim figure; diminutive.
a category of clothing sized for women or girls of less than average height and with average or diminutive figures.
a garment in such a size:
The petites are on that rack.
a woman or girl who wears clothing of such a size.
(of a woman) small, delicate, and dainty
“little,” 1784 (from 1712 in French phrases taken into English), from French petite, fem. of petit “little” (see petit). As a size in women’s clothing, attested from 1929.
[puh-teet boo r-zhwahz; French puh-teet boor-zhwaz] /pəˈtit bʊərˈʒwɑz; French pə tit burˈʒwaz/ noun, plural petites bourgeoises [puh-teet boo r-zhwahz; French puh-teet boor-zhwaz] /pəˈtit bʊərˈʒwɑz; French pə tit burˈʒwaz/ (Show IPA) 1. a woman who belongs to the petite bourgeoisie.
[puh-teet boo r-zhwah-zee; French puh-teet boor-zhwa-zee] /pəˈtit ˌbʊər ʒwɑˈzi; French pə tit bur ʒwaˈzi/ noun 1. the portion of the bourgeoisie having the least wealth and lowest social status; the lower middle class.
/pɛˈsəʊə/ noun 1. Fernando. 1888–1935, Portuguese poet, who ascribed much of his work to three imaginary poets, Alvaro de Campos, Alberto Caeiro, and Ricardo Reis
[pes-uh-mis-tik] /ˌpɛs əˈmɪs tɪk/ adjective 1. pertaining to or characterized by or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes; gloomy; joyless; unhopeful: His pessimistic outlook kept him from applying for jobs for which he was perfectly qualified. adj. 1866, from pessimist + -ic.