Definition of étrenne in English:

étrenne

noun

historical
  • Chiefly in France or French contexts: a New Year's gift; a Christmas present; a tip or bonus given to a servant, tradesperson, etc., at New Year.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Marquise de Sévigné's Letters. From French étrenne New Year's Gift from classical Latin strēna auspicious sign, lucky gift sent at the New Year; of unknown origin (considered by ancient authors to be of Sabine origin).

Pronunciation

étrenne

/eɪˈtrɛn/