ret·​i·​cule | \ ˈre-ti-ˌkyül How to pronounce reticule (audio) \

Definition of reticule

2 : a woman's drawstring bag used especially as a carryall

Examples of reticule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the late 18th century, the reticule, a small drawstring bag, became popular. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "The Things They Carried," 13 Nov. 2020 My favorite little costume detail from the movie is the reticules, designed by Liria Pristine. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Autumn de Wilde Didn’t Mean For Emma. To Be Your Quarantine Comfort Movie — But It Should Be," 20 Mar. 2020 Bonnets, spencers, and decorative reticules abound, with a stunning amount of attention paid to extravagant makeup and costuming. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Emma.’ star and director on updating Jane Austen’s text through blood and tears," 27 Feb. 2020 For example: engraved on the inside and outside of the window glass is a sort of reticule. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 So women started carrying small purses called reticules. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Pockets are important to women, and high-fashion designers are recognizing that," 21 Sep. 2018 After a preamble you are presented with an all-white screen and a reticule that is controlled with the PlayStation Move or Dual Shock 3. Andy Robertson, WIRED, "The FPS Is Dead: The Unfinished Swan Is a First-Person Painter," 20 June 2012

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First Known Use of reticule

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reticule

French réticule, from Latin reticulum small net, mesh bag, from diminutive of rete net

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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reticule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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