- 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
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Examples from the Web for reticule
She had been hunting through her reticule and now put down the money in gold.Old Rail Fence Corners
On the landing she drew out of her reticule a heavy iron key.The Gods are Athirst
(Takes locket from reticule) This little locket is what brought me to America.The Ghost Breaker
She opened her reticule and showed a pretty ivory-handled pistol.Trent's Trust and Other Stories
Mrs. Wagge unexpectedly took a handkerchief from her reticule.Beyond
- (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
C18: from French réticule, from Latin rēticulum reticle
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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.)).
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