tri·​cot ˈtrē-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce tricot (audio)
: a plain warp-knitted fabric (as of nylon, wool, rayon, silk, or cotton) with a close inelastic knit and used especially in clothing (such as underwear)
: a twilled clothing fabric of wool with fine warp ribs or of wool and cotton with fine weft ribs

Examples of tricot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Columbia Women’s Helvetia Sherpa Gloves offer lightweight warmth without restricting dexterity too much, with a polyester faux-shearling exterior and a super-soft chamois tricot lining. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 12 Dec. 2023 Made of soft, recycled tricot nylon, the outer cover is smooth and soothing against the skin. Sarah Kester, Travel + Leisure, 29 Aug. 2023 Although the material may not break in as well as genuine leather, the padded foam footbeds and soft tricot lining offer all-day comfort while the grippy outsoles keep you comfortable on your feet. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2023 Pleats Please came about after Miyake designed costumes equipped with his tricot pleats for a performance by William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet company in 1991: dancing and other forms of dynamic movement would later become a trademark of Miyake’s refreshingly non-rigid show formats. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2022 In class, you are supported by a tricot, which is a nylon fabric in the shape of a hammock. Rosemary Akpan, Chron, 10 June 2021 It’s made from brushed tricot, a soft, lightweight fabric that’s excellent for breathability. Outdoor Life, 26 Jan. 2021 The Hellbender features a strong nylon outer shell, a waterproof middle layer and a smooth tricot lining that gives these waders a light, airy feeling. Outdoor Life, 20 Apr. 2020 Vanity Fair brought leopard print to bras in 1953—thanks to the utilization of nylon tricot fabric that enabled color and prints to be added to its lingerie. Vogue, 11 Mar. 2019 See More

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Word History


French, from tricoter to move the legs rapidly, knit, from Middle French, to run, skip, ultimately from Old French estriquier to stroke, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English strīcan to stroke — more at strike

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tricot was in 1859

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“Tricot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a knitted fabric (as for underwear) that is resistant to runs

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