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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Petit-Maître,
 
A fop; a lad who assumes the manners, dress, and affectations of a man. The term arose before the Revolution, when a great dignitary was styled a grand-maître, and a pretentious one a petit-maître.   1
 


 Pe’terloo.Petit Serjeantry. 

 
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