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reticule

[ret-i-kyool]
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noun
  1. a small purse or bag, originally of network but later of silk, rayon, etc.
  2. Optics. reticle.
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Origin of reticule

1720–30; < French réticule < Latin rēticulum reticle
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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.

    Old Rail Fence Corners

    Various

  • 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.

  • She opened her reticule and showed a pretty ivory-handled pistol.

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

    Beyond

    John Galsworthy


British Dictionary definitions for reticule

reticule

noun
  1. (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
  2. a variant of reticle
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Word Origin

C18: from French réticule, from Latin rēticulum reticle
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Word Origin and History for reticule

n.

"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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