Definition of reticule in US English:



  • 1historical A woman's small handbag, originally netted and typically having a drawstring and decorated with embroidery or beading.

    • ‘She rushed over to her dresser and produced from her reticule a tiny silver key, which she inserted in her most treasured possession; a small trunk lined with black velvet.’
    • ‘Viscountess Farnsworth resumed her beaming countenance after her wad of cash was safely stowed inside her reticule.’
    • ‘Embarrassed at being so desperate, Elaine frantically searched inside her reticule for her practical if not pretty handkerchief and, having found it, proceeded to wipe away her silent tears.’
    • ‘‘Thank you,’ Clara said, giving a shilling from her reticule to show her appreciation.’
    • ‘Fearing that her most valuable possession might be damaged in the long journey, Amy had placed Lord Farnsworth's signet ring in her reticule, so that she could have it on her at all times but also protect it from outside hazards.’
  • 2

    variant spelling of reticle
    • ‘For navigational purposes, there's a mini-map at the top left of the screen, while in the center of the display, a reticule provides target information whenever it is passed over friend or foe.’
    • ‘Basically, once you've had an enemy in your sights for a short amount of time, your targeting reticule automatically locks on to your opponent.’
    • ‘After enough clusters of dots form (every third turn), you'll take control of an aiming reticule and be able to shoot three times to destroy what you think are the biggest formed clusters.’
    • ‘Your shuttlecraft comes equipped with a targeting reticule and autolock system, but you will still be doing most of your targeting by eye, using the automated system only to track down your next target.’
    • ‘The longer your targeting reticule sits in the circle the more accurate your arrow will fly, indicated by the circle gradually changing to red for the best accuracy.’


Early 18th century: from French réticule, from Latin reticulum (see reticulum).