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Borrowing from French petite, feminine of petit (“small, little").
French feminine of petit petit
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
I've never been called petite in my life!
They paused in the doorway of a large library, where a beautiful, petite blonde sat.
To petite Cynthia, tall meant anyone much over five-foot seven.
He sensed something wrong but kept it from the petite woman beside him, who had enough of her own issues to deal with.
The Macedonian cavalry was recruited from a higher grade of society than the infantry, the petite noblesse of the nation.
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