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

Examples from the Web for tricot

Historical Examples of tricot

  • Tricot began to complain, and from that moment I felt that he was doomed.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for tricot



a thin rayon or nylon fabric knitted or resembling knitting, used for dresses, etc
a type of ribbed dress fabric

Word Origin for tricot

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