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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reticule

Historical Examples of reticule

  • She had been hunting through her reticule and now put down the money in gold.

  • 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.


    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for reticule



(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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