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  1. one of a number of ornamental loops in embroidery, or along the edge of lace, ribbon, etc.
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Origin of picot

1880–85; < French: a purl, literally, a splinter, diminutive of pic prick < Germanic; see pic2, pike2
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Examples from the Web for picot

Historical Examples

  • Picot tossed off a glass of the white wine and wiped his mouth with the back of his hand.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • This completes the picot, the bar is then buttonholed to the end.

  • But how in St. Picot's name did you arrive at all this knowledge, Mademoiselle?

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Two cisterns and a picot are found on the esplanade facing the palace.

  • "The decree is at the tip of my staff," replied Picot, captain of his guards, when he was asked to show his orders.

British Dictionary definitions for picot


  1. any of a pattern of small loops, as on lace
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Word Origin

C19: from French: small point, from pic point
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