Definition of trousseau in English:

trousseau

Syllabification: trous·seau
Pronunciation: /ˈtro͞oˌsō, ˌtro͞oˈsō
 
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noun (plural trousseaux pronunc. same, or trousseaus)

  • The clothes, household linen, and other belongings collected by a bride for her marriage.
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    • The trousseau of a young bride would contain twenty or thirty of these dresses, seven of which are worn, one on top of the other, on the ‘night of henna’ immediately prior to the marriage ceremony.
    • The period between the betrothal and the wedding also allowed the bride to prepare her trousseau, while the groom could use the time to make preparations for the wedding.
    • It is the bridegroom who has to present a wedding trousseau to the bride.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of trousse 'bundle' (a sense also found in Middle English).

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