Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A drawstring handbag or purse.
  • n. A reticle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of reticle.
  • n. A small women's bag made of a woven net-like material.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A little bag, originally of network; a woman's workbag, or a little bag to be carried in the hand.
  • A system of wires or lines in the focus of a telescope or other instrument; a reticle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bag, originally of network, but later of any formation or material, carried by women in the hand or upon the arm, and answering the purpose of a pocket.
  • n. An attachment to a telescope, consisting of a network of lines ruled on glass or of fine fibers crossing each other.
  • n. Same as reticulum, 1.
  • n. [capitalized] In astronomy, same as reticulum, 6.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman's drawstring handbag; usually made of net or beading or brocade; used in 18th and 19th centuries
  • n. a network of fine lines, dots, cross hairs, or wires in the focal plane of the eyepiece of an optical instrument

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French réticule, from Latin rēticulum, diminutive of rēte, net.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French réticule, from Latin reticulum.

Examples

  • "I have received a dispatch," Mrs. Bundercombe announced, drawing a letter with pride from an article that I believe she called her reticule, "signed by the secretary of the Women's League of Freedom, asking me to address their members at a meeting to be held at Leeds to-night."

    An Amiable Charlatan

  • Stuck to the bottom of the reticule was a small key.

    Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories

  • In her reticule was the paper on which he had written the address of the Art Students 'League, and, as an afterthought, his own address.

    The Dark Star

  • What is called a reticule, which contains their pocket-handkerchief and work, is hanging by a gold chain to the arm, and is fringed with gold.

    RVABlogs

  • You're asking this of Miss Snark who regularly writes 'gin pail' 'reticule' 'heaven forefend' and '23 skidoo'?

    Alas, poor Snarklings

  • She always carried on the horn of her saddle a handbag, then called a "reticule," and in that she always brought us some little treat, most generally a cut off of a loaf of sugar, that used to be sold in the shape of a long loaf of bread.

    The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation

  • _ Have I got to say something that "reticule" suggests?

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, December 22, 1920

  • Tucked inside her reticule was another letter to Terence, while one of Anne Kingsley’s old dresses sat in her lap.

    Almost a Whisper

  • She is wearing a dress and a blond wig and carrying a reticule, but she is also getting cozy with young Mr. Short Trousers aka The Eleventh Doctor.

    Doctor Who Season Five Spoilers

  • Don't be afriad to spend $100 or so sight it in and stick with one reticule and carry an extra battery and you should do fine.

    Red - Dot Scopes

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  • See also octothorpe. The alternative spellings are reticulesign, reticulemark, reticulesymbol, reticuleglyph, reticulekey, reticule code, reticule character, and reticul.

    July 22, 2008