trousseau

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noun trous·seau \ˈtrü-(ˌ)sō, trü-ˈ\

Definition of trousseau

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trousseaux

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trousseaus

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

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Did You Know?

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


TROUSSEAU Defined for English Language Learners

trousseau

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Definition of trousseau for English Language Learners

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

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