petiteness, n.
/peuh teet"/, adj.
1. (of a woman) short and having a small, trim figure; diminutive.
2. a category of clothing sized for women or girls of less than average height and with average or diminutive figures.
3. a garment in such a size: The petites are on that rack.
4. a woman or girl who wears clothing of such a size.
[1705-15; < F; fem. of PETIT]

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