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


French réticule, from Latin rēticulum, diminutive of rēte, net.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French réticule, from Latin reticulum. (Wiktionary)


  • "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.


  • 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