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[ret-i-kyool] /ˈrɛt ɪˌkyul/
a small purse or bag, originally of network but later of silk, rayon, etc.
Optics. reticle.
Origin of reticule
1720-30; < French réticule < Latin rēticulum reticle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for reticule
Historical Examples
  • She had been hunting through her reticule and now put down the money in gold.

  • On the landing she drew out of her reticule a heavy iron key.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • (Takes locket from reticule) This little locket is what brought me to America.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • She opened her reticule and showed a pretty ivory-handled pistol.

  • Mrs. Wagge unexpectedly took a handkerchief from her reticule.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • She was rummaging in a reticule and in her pocket, etc. "Oh, Mr. Jeff!"

  • She took a check-book and pen and ink from her reticule, and filled up a check.

  • She still did not take out what she was holding in her reticule.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Having found what she was looking for in the reticule she handed it to Natasha.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Then I played cards with her and picked up her reticule and drove out with her.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for reticule


(in the 18th and 19th centuries) a woman's small bag or purse, usually in the form of a pouch with a drawstring and made of net, beading, brocade, etc
a variant of reticle
Word Origin
C18: from French réticule, from Latin rēticulumreticle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for reticule

"a ladies' small bag," 1801, from French réticule (18c.) "a net for the hair, a reticule," from Latin reticulum "a little net, network bag" (see reticulate (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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