trousseau

[troo-soh, troo-soh]
noun, plural trousseaux [troo-sohz, troo-sohz] , trousseaus.
an outfit of clothing, household linen, etc., for a bride.

Origin:
1175–1225; < French; Middle French troussel, equivalent to trousse parcel, bundle (of straw, etc.), noun derivative oftro(u)sser to fasten (see truss) + -el diminutive suffix (see -elle)

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trousseau (ˈtruːsəʊ)
 
n , pl -seaux, -seaus
the clothes, linen, etc, collected by a bride for her marriage
 
[C19: from Old French, literally: a little bundle, from trusse a bundle; see truss]

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trousseau
1817, from Fr. trousseau, originally "a bundle," dim. of O.Fr. trousse "bundle" (see truss). Italicized as foreign at first, nativized by 1833. The O.Fr. form was borrowed into M.E. early 13c., but it fell from use.
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Example sentences
By the time she was of marriageable age, the tree was ready to be cut and made into combs for her trousseau.
His consolation was shopping for his trousseau and staying up late to ponder his socks, shirts and robes.
She prepares for him-she takes from her trousseau a sheer nightgown of white nylon and a matching negligee.
Jeanne's dowry was an impressive trousseau and two hundred thousand gold francs, a considerable fortune in any era.
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