(in size, amount)
→ This is the smallest church in England.
a small amount of milk une petite quantité de lait
to get smaller
[number, amount] diminuer
→ The number of cinema-goers is getting smaller each year.
[swelling, lump, pile] diminuer
→ The lump on my back is getting smaller.
to make sth smaller [+amount, income] diminuer qch
[+object, garment] rapetisser qch
(=minor, unimportant) petit (e)
→ The difference is very small.
He made a lot of small mistakes. Il a fait beaucoup de petites erreurs.
[child] petit (e)
When I was small. Quand j'étais petit.
She has two small children. Elle a deux jeunes enfants.
n the small of the back le creux des reins
npl (British, in newspaper) petites annonces fpl
→ The best place to look for accommodation is in the small ads.
npl armes fpl légères
n petite entreprise f
n petite monnaie f
→ I need some small change to make a phone call.
small claims court
n tribunal m d'instance (s'occupant d'affaires mineures)
n menu fretin m
→ What they owe to the Inland Revenue is small fry compared to the overall £1.2 million debt ...
→ It's the small fry who are usually the last to get paid.
→ Being small fry, they had done what they were told.
in the small hours au petit matin
n intestin m grêle
[person] à l'esprit étroit
their small-minded attitude leur étroitesse d'esprit
n étroitesse f d'esprit
→ Helen's small-mindedness bored and disgusted her.
[undertaking, business] peu important (e) , de petite envergure
[map, model] à petite échelle
the small screen le petit écran
→ Now he is also to become a star of the small screen ...
→ Live concerts are never quite the same on the small screen.
small-size , small-sized
adj petit (e)
n papotage m
to make small talk papoter
→ We stood around making small talk.
[actor, celebrity] de troisième ordre
a small-time thief un voleur à la petite semaine
n (US) petite ville f
adj provincial (e)
→ ... an idealized small-town America of neat, middle-class homes ...
→ The little small-town banks were traditionally very frightened that Wall Street would come to dominate the whole country.