May 28, 2012
petite (adjective)
\puh-TEET\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: having a small trim figure
How do you use it?
Even though she is petite, Regina didn't have any trouble lifting the heavy boxes full of books.
Are you a word wiz?

Finish this sentence: English speakers began using "petite" around the time that . . .

It's no small feat if you knew answer D was correct. English speakers borrowed "petite" directly from French in the late 1700s, around the time Napoleon -- the general and monarch who was known for his small stature -- was born. Before that time other English words were used to describe a lack of size: "small" and "little," which date to before the 1100s; "tiny" and "miniature," which date to the late 1500s; and "minute" and "diminutive," which date to the 1600s.
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