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[ret-i-kyool] /ˈrɛt ɪˌkyul/
a small purse or bag, originally of network but later of silk, rayon, etc.
Optics. reticle.
Origin of reticule
1720-30; < French réticule < Latin rēticulum reticle Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reticule
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  • Johnny seized his reticule and his umbrella and opened cautiously the door.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • (Takes locket from reticule) This little locket is what brought me to America.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • While the luggage was being searched (fortunately she had the ticket in her reticule), I stood by and helped her.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • Mrs. Wagge unexpectedly took a handkerchief from her reticule.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • None the less she bought two and slipped them into her reticule, adding as a little gift for the cook a ——.

  • Then I played cards with her and picked up her reticule and drove out with her.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • "Very well," I agreed, gathering up my reticule and taking up the house-telephone receiver.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • Having found what she was looking for in the reticule she handed it to Natasha.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The reticule spoken of by the boy was in her hand; but the nosegay she laid down on a bench just outside the door.

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • And the countess bent over her reticule to hide her agitated face.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for reticule


(in the 18th and 19th centuries) a woman's small bag or purse, usually in the form of a pouch with a drawstring and made of net, beading, brocade, etc
a variant of reticle
Word Origin
C18: from French réticule, from Latin rēticulumreticle
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Word Origin and History for reticule

"a ladies' small bag," 1801, from French réticule (18c.) "a net for the hair, a reticule," from Latin reticulum "a little net, network bag" (see reticulate (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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