Definition of petit point in US English:

petit point


  • A type of embroidery on canvas, consisting of small, diagonal, adjacent stitches.

    • ‘The original is surely a vast Gobelin tapestry, not a row of petit point cushions?’
    • ‘The stitchers display dazzling skill and finesse, creating textured surfaces of petit point, needlepoint, beading, embroidery, appliqué, smocking and macramé.’
    • ‘‘An interior drawer reveals a tiny, hand-made acorn, and the exterior has one panel embroidered in petit point and the rest in satin stitch,’ he said.’
    • ‘Another type of chair which recurs has a square back and is covered in tapestry or petit point, with a pattern of flowers and leaves in green and buff.’


Late 19th century: from French, literally ‘little stitch’.


petit point

/ˈpedē ˌpoint//ˈpɛdi ˌpɔɪnt/