ret·​i·​cule ˈre-ti-ˌkyül How to pronounce reticule (audio)
: a woman's drawstring bag used especially as a carryall

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, the crossbody strap is detachable to turn this into a modern version of a 19th-century reticule. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 31 Aug. 2022 Every daywear costume had a reticule handbag, a set of gloves embroidered to match the fabric, a hat or hair decoration and coordinating shoes. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 In the late 18th century, the reticule, a small drawstring bag, became popular. Peter Saenger, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2020 My favorite little costume detail from the movie is the reticules, designed by Liria Pristine. Kathryn Lindsay,, 20 Mar. 2020 Bonnets, spencers, and decorative reticules abound, with a stunning amount of attention paid to extravagant makeup and costuming. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, 27 Feb. 2020 For example: engraved on the inside and outside of the window glass is a sort of reticule. Oliver Morton, WIRED, 4 June 2019 So women started carrying small purses called reticules. Eliza Brooke, Vox, 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, 20 June 2012 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reticule was in 1728

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Cite this Entry

“Reticule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


ret·​i·​cule ˈret-i-ˌkyü(ə)l How to pronounce reticule (audio)
: a woman's drawstring bag
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