Francine asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

"Petite", what does it mean exactly ? I'm french and when i read in english, i often encounter this word. In french, it means just small.?

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  • 1 month ago
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    It means small, but, often with a connotation of delicate added.  Like a person can be short, or small, but, if they are also delicate, they can be petite.

    • Quentin
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      1 month agoReport

      It is usually used for peas being small.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In fashion, it means SHORT (5ft 3in or less). You can be "petite" and fat. Just look at the "petite" section in any store.

    In common conversation, it usually refers to someone small and delicate.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Small, usually in reference to woman's clothes or figure.   Petites  turn me On....

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  • 1 month ago

    To me it means small and I seldom use the word

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  • Zirp
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    1 month ago

    It doesn't mean small

    It means not tall, not fat, not full of muscle, not big-boned

    Source(s): dutch/NL
    • noname1 month agoReport

      It Dose mean  Small, Tiny even. A woman/s dress  size, 

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  • 1 month ago

    In French, petite is the feminine of ' petit ' and it means: small, but not only. 

    For example we can say about someone who is not smart: '' Il est petit '' for a guy / masculine. 

    In feminine: '' Elle est petite ''.

    For say a little boy / a little girl, we also use the word ' petit / petite '.

    Ex: '' Un petit garçon / Une petite fille ''.

    In France petit / petite doesn't mean ' cute '.. 

  • 1 month ago

    "petite" means more than "small"  in English, it also has a sense of daintiness. The French word has come into English at least twice. "petit" meaning "small" arrived with the Normans and became a word in Middle English. The English word "petty" as in petty officer, petty sessions, is derived from it. "petite", the feminine form, arrived in the 18th century and was used with its current meaning but can be used in that form with either sex.

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  • zeno
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    1 month ago

    Thin, tone, in very good shape over all.

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  • ?
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    1 month ago

    It unofficially means small and cute, not just small. 

    But its also a type of small where everything is unusually small. If someone is normal height and bone structure but are very thin, they are still simply small, not petite.

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  • 1 month ago

    It means the same thing in English. I believe the word is originally French, and has been adopted by the English language to mean very small. For example, in women's clothing sizes, the very small sizes are under the "petite" category.

    • Francine
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      1 month agoReport

      Yes, it's a french word.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In the English language, Petite means delicate. That is the way we use it in the US. I know that for instance in France, you use that word as a connector, such as in the statement, 'Petite Mort', roughly translated to 'small death. It just does not have the same meaning for us. So there are different uses for the same word from country to country.

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