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[troo-soh, troo-soh] /ˈtru soʊ, truˈsoʊ/
noun, plural trousseaux
[troo-sohz, troo-sohz] /ˈtru soʊz, truˈsoʊz/ (Show IPA),
an outfit of clothing, household linen, etc., for a bride.
Origin of trousseau
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) Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for trousseau


noun (pl) -seaux, -seaus (-səʊz)
the clothes, linen, etc, collected by a bride for her marriage
Word Origin
C19: from Old French, literally: a little bundle, from trusse a bundle; see truss
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Word Origin and History for trousseau

1817, from French trousseau, originally "a bundle," diminutive of Old French trousse "bundle" (see truss). Italicized as foreign at first, nativized by 1833. The Old French form was borrowed into Middle English early 13c., but it fell from use.

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