Definition of tricoteuse in US English:



  • A woman who sits and knits (used especially in reference to a number of women who did this, during the French Revolution, while attending public executions).

    • ‘In effect, they are the bulwarks of the tricoteuses.’
    • ‘She also has the musky and morbid sense of someone who is her own tricoteuse, knitting her own legend.’
    • ‘As every poll comes out, yours truly cheers the passage of the tumbrel bearing the Howard Government to the guillotine as gleefully as the most ragged and revolutionary tricoteuse.’
    • ‘As the national team goes through the doldrums yet again the critics and the tricoteuses are lining up.’
    • ‘Very soon after the indictment of Mr. Libby, the tricoteuses glumly conceded that no conspiracy has been uncovered.’


French, from tricoter ‘to knit’.