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[tree-koh] /ˈtri koʊ/
a warp-knit fabric of various natural or synthetic fibers, as wool, silk, or nylon, having fine vertical ribs on the face and horizontal ribs on the back, used especially for making garments.
a kind of worsted cloth.
Origin of tricot
1870-75; < French: knitting, knitted fabric, sweater, derivative of tricoter to knit ≪ Germanic; akin to German stricken to knit Unabridged
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  • tricot began to complain, and from that moment I felt that he was doomed.

    The New Book Of Martyrs Georges Duhamel
  • On the steps of the wagon sat a man in tricot holding the head of a black poodle between his knees.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • tricot—A double-twill cloth having both a warp and filling effect.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • The tricot line is similar to the rib line in a ribbed cloth except that it is not so pronounced.


    William H. Dooley
  • I will dress him in a tricot waistcoat with ragged sleeves and dirty blue overalls.

  • tricot had borne the greatest sufferings courageously; but he seemed to have no strength to bear this slight addition to his woes.

    The New Book Of Martyrs Georges Duhamel
British Dictionary definitions for tricot


/ˈtrɪkəʊ; ˈtriː-/
a thin rayon or nylon fabric knitted or resembling knitting, used for dresses, etc
a type of ribbed dress fabric
Word Origin
C19: from French, from tricoter to knit, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tricot

1859, from French tricot "knitting, knitted work," from tricoter "to knit," probably a variant of Old French estriquer "to smooth," from a Germanic source (e.g. Middle Low German striken "pass over lightly").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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