Definition of trousseau
trousseauxplay \-(ˌ)sōz, -ˈsōz\ or
: 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."
Origin and Etymology of trousseau
French, from Old French, diminutive of trousse bundle, from trousser to truss
First Known Use: 1817See Words from the same year
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: the clothes and personal possessions that a woman collects when she is about to get married
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