The little death is translation from the French "la petite mort", a popular reference for a sexual orgasm. The term has been broadly expanded to include specific instances of blacking out after orgasm and other supposed spiritual releases that come with orgasm.

Speculations to its origin include current connotations of the phrase, including:

* Greco-Roman belief that the oversecretion of bodily fluids would "dry out" one of the believed four humours, leading to death
* Islam's reference to sleep
* Buddhist Sogyal Rinpoche's The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying's quote: “Life is nothing but a continuing dance of birth and death, a dance of change.” (Existence through many changes, "births and deaths")
Man, la petite mort for me last night with Mandy was so big I thought I actually might die!
by Raylin July 15, 2006
French phrase literally meaning "the little death". In popular culture it means having a sleep after sex or orgasm. Popular song "I just Died in Your Arms" by English band Cutting Crew was about it.
Oh, I just had la petite mort tonight
It must've been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
Whoa, whoa
by EconSquad January 28, 2015
Euphemism for sexual orgasm.

(French: literal translation - little death.)
by Katka February 2, 2007
It refers to a woman passing out after having a powerful orgasm.
Meg: Riley, where have you been? The partys over.
Riley: I've been in the guest bedroom, Jason over there gave me La Petit Mort.
by BlakeMoros July 17, 2017