Definition of petite pièce in US English:

petite pièce

noun

  • A minor dramatic performance.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Eustace Budgell (1686–1737), writer. Apparently from French petite pièce from petite, feminine of petit + pièce.

Pronunciation

petite pièce

/pəˌtiːt piːˈɛs/