Definition of petit in English:

petit

adjective

Law
  • (of a crime) petty.

    ‘petit larceny’
    • ‘The Inner City, Canalgurdle and Jordaan may look innocent, but the "petit" crime rate is here no less than in the center of Paris or London.’
    • ‘He has also been accused of the petit crime of stealing and eating pies from the inn's pantry.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘small or insignificant’): from Old French, ‘small’; the same word as petty, with retention of the French spelling.

Pronunciation

petit

/ˈpedē//ˈpɛdi/