[ tree-koh ]
/ ˈtri koʊ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. tricolour,
  2. tricorn,
  3. tricornered,
  4. tricornute,
  5. tricostate,
  6. tricotine,
  7. tricotyledonous,
  8. tricresol,
  9. tricrotic,
  10. tricrotism

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

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British Dictionary definitions for tricot


/ (ˈtrɪkəʊ, ˈtriː-) /


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").

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