[ ret-i-kyool ]
/ ˈrɛt ɪˌkyul /


a small purse or bag, originally of network but later of silk, rayon, etc.
Optics. reticle.

Nearby words

  1. reticulate python,
  2. reticulated bone,
  3. reticulated tracery,
  4. reticulately,
  5. reticulation,
  6. reticulin,
  7. reticulo-,
  8. reticulocyte,
  9. reticulocytopenia,
  10. reticulocytosis

Origin of reticule

1720–30; < French réticule < Latin rēticulum reticle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reticule


/ (ˈrɛtɪˌkjuːl) /


(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 for reticule

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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