As an adjective it describes someone or something with a short, trim figure (usually a woman). As a noun it's a clothing size for short women, defined by the apparel industry as any woman 5'4" or shorter.

Somehow omitted by Webster 1913, despite having an etymological date of 1784.

Pe*tite" (?), a. [F., fem. of petit.]

Small, little; of a woman or girl, of small size and trim figure.

 

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