lay·​ette | \ lā-ˈet How to pronounce layette (audio) \

Definition of layette

: a complete outfit of clothing and equipment for a newborn infant

Examples of layette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Faulhaber said that several years ago, the purchase and packing of layettes for mothers of newborns were added to the project. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Westlake Church of the Redeemer hosts Journey to Bethlehem: West Shore Chatter," 10 Dec. 2019 Blankets, towels and personal items for the babies and mothers are packed in special layette bags, shipped with the shoe boxes and distributed to a maternity center near Chinandega. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Westlake Church of the Redeemer hosts Journey to Bethlehem: West Shore Chatter," 10 Dec. 2019 The crib also comes with a layette bag full of diapers, pacifiers, a rattle, infant towels, clothes and other items. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hope Network brings resources, support to single mothers across Milwaukee," 4 Dec. 2019 Since its founding in 2011, the line’s chic, simple organic baby wraps (and more recently, swaddles and adorable newborn layette sets) have rapidly populated baby shower registries all over the country. Cristina Mueller, Glamour, "I Spend $4,800 a Year on Life Coaches, and It’s Honestly Changed My Life," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of layette

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for layette

French, from Middle French, diminutive of laye box, from Middle Dutch lade; akin to Old English hladan to load — more at lade

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“Layette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of layette

: a collection of basic clothing and other things needed for a new baby

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