Definition of petite noblesse in English:

petite noblesse

noun

  • The lesser nobility in France and (by extension) other European countries.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851), novelist. From French petite noblesse from petite, feminine of petit + noblesse.

Pronunciation

petite noblesse

/pəˌtiːt nə(ʊ)ˈblɛs/