1. Short and slender: This rack of clothing is for petite women.
2. Small in size or scope; tiny: “a bagel that is fairly petite by today's standards” (Ed Levine). See Synonyms at small.
A clothing size for short, slender women.
[French, feminine of petit, from Middle French, from Old French; see PETIT.]
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