Definition of tricot in US English:



  • A fine knitted fabric made of a natural or man-made fiber.

    • ‘The other definition is sheer luxury-gassed yarns, extremely fine gauge tricot, linen and a width of knits woven in patented Benetton new age fabrics.’
    • ‘Prevent fabric distortion or stretch on mediumweight fabrics by applying lightweight fusible tricot interfacing to the fabric wrong side before embroidering.’
    • ‘Jersey and nylon mesh are also popular, and there is a big trend toward brushed tricot, he noted.’
    • ‘In addition to hosiery, nylon is used in tricot, netting for bridal veils, and in carpeting.’
    • ‘Add support to lightweight fabrics by fusing a soft interfacing, like tricot, on the fabric wrong side prior to sticking it to an adhesive stabilizer.’
    • ‘We actually sell a 40 denier nylon tricot fabric that we sell the Las Vegas high wire acts for use as a visual fabric.’
    • ‘To stabilize the fabric stretch prior to hooping, fuse knit tricot interfacing to the fabric wrong side under the embroidery area.’
    • ‘Fusible tricot adds durability, yet is soft, has give and is compatible with most knit fabrics.’
    • ‘Lightweight knits (i.e., tricot, sheers, fluid lamé or synthetic interlocks) will slip around when pinning and cutting.’
    • ‘If it ‘gives, ‘it's probably sheer nylon tricot.’’


Late 18th century: from French, literally ‘knitting’, from tricoter ‘to knit’, of unknown origin.