trous·​seau | \ ˈtrü-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce trousseau (audio) , trü-ˈsō \
plural trousseaux\ ˈtrü-​(ˌ)sōz How to pronounce trousseau (audio) , trü-​ˈsōz \ or trousseaus

Definition of trousseau

: the personal possessions of a bride usually including clothes, accessories, and household linens and wares

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Trousseau is a descendant of the French verb trousser, meaning "to truss" or "to tuck up." Fittingly, a bride might truss, or bundle, a variety of items as part of her trousseau-and it is perhaps not too surprising that "truss" is also a "trousser" descendant. "Trousser" itself is thought to have evolved from a Vulgar Latin word, torsus, meaning "twisted." Another descendant of "trousser" is retroussé, meaning "turned up," as in a "retroussé nose."

Examples of trousseau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Queen is Rorick’s Calaveras County blend of trousseau noir, mondeuse, zinfandel, barbera, and grenache. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2020 Hartnell, who also designed the Queen's wedding dress, requested a whole suitcase of gloves for Princess Elizabeth's honeymoon as part of her trousseau. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 19 June 2018 Only when a desperate plea for funds on the social media site Weibo led to a successful crowd-funding campaign (people did everything from pledging a month's salary to donating a trousseau) did a major financier step forward. Kenneth Turan,, 5 Apr. 2018 At these Winter Games, however, few ice skating costumes have looked like outtakes from a streetwalker’s trousseau. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2018 Fleur du Mal bridal trousseau, from $6,000; Priya Rao, Town & Country, 13 Sep. 2013 From the guy who drags you down to his basement to show off his new case of trousseau gris, to Malcolm Forbes, who once paid $150,000 for a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson, there's a lot of status action going on. Rand Richards Cooper,, 1 Sep. 2017 After creating her own trousseau, Zuccarini decided to offer her custom services to brides. Priya Rao, Town & Country, 13 Sep. 2013

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First Known Use of trousseau

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trousseau

French, from Old French, diminutive of trousse bundle, from trousser to truss

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“Trousseau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trousseau

: the clothes and personal possessions that a woman collects when she is about to get married


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