Definition of tricoteuse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtrɪkəˈtəːz/
Pronunciation: /tʀikɔtøz/

noun (plural pronounced same)

One of a number of women who sat and knitted while attending public executions during the French Revolution: as gleefully as the most ragged and revolutionary tricoteuse
More example sentences
  • She also has the musky and morbid sense of someone who is her own tricoteuse, knitting her own legend.
  • Very soon after the indictment of Mr. Libby, the tricoteuses glumly conceded that no conspiracy has been uncovered.
  • In effect, they are the bulwarks of the tricoteuses.


French, from tricoter 'to knit'.

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