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WORD ORIGIN

"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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PETITENESS

smallness

nounlittleness
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