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  • n. A woman who knits; used especially of those who knitted at meetings and at executions during the French Revolution.


French (Wiktionary)


  • Already displeased with the manners of Descoings, this illustrious "tricoteuse" of the Jacobin club regarded the beauty of his wife as a kind of aristocracy.

    The Celibates

  • Gamelin and Brotteaux had by this time a number of late comers behind them and amongst these several women of the Section, including a stalwart, handsome _tricoteuse_, in head-kerchief and sabots, wearing a sword in a shoulder belt, a pretty girl with a mop of golden hair and a very tumbled neckerchief, and a young mother, pale and thin, giving the breast to a sickly infant.

    Dieux ont soif. English

  • The tall _tricoteuse_, pointing her finger at an old man, strongly suspected of being an unfrocked monk, swore it was the "Capuchin" yonder who was the cut-purse.

    Dieux ont soif. English

  • If seeing a man lose a privileged title for his arrogant folly is mob rule, then kindly pass this tricoteuse her knitting needles. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • Dickens has her as a tricoteuse in English, a knitter, one of those terrible women who would take their knitting and watch the public beheadings in Paris during the revolution. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • I'm going to learn how to knit so I can be a tricoteuse as the tumbrils roll past.

    Guy Fawkes' blog

  • How is it possible to believe, what is however the fact, that an old _tricoteuse_, a former friend of Danton, and now the abbess of a convent of Ursulines, should actually, by the help of her nephew, an obscure organist in Paris, have so bewitched the whole electoral college that this upstart has been elected by a large majority? "

    The Deputy of Arcis


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