One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural trousseaus, Plural trousseaux
The clothes, household linen, and other belongings collected by a bride for her marriage.
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- ‘It is the bridegroom who has to present a wedding trousseau to the bride.’
- ‘Gifts to the groom and the bride's trousseau and wedding clothes are displayed.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Also, since the target is the wedding season, designing for women makes better business sense ‘since women worry more about what they are going to wear’ and the traditional trousseau brings in plenty of revenue.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Ola was busy sewing and getting her trousseau together.’
- ‘Her book is full of fascinating detail on trousseaux and privies, fireplaces and forks, underwear and bathing, mealtimes and much else.’
- ‘Besides, she's getting married soon, and I thought it would be nice if I could give her a wedding trousseau as a gift.’
- ‘In traditional families, a new bride's parents visit her in her new home on the fortieth day after the marriage and give her a trousseau.’
- ‘The decoration perhaps refers to the fact that such elegant pairs of knives are often referred to as wedding knives, and they were popular gifts for the bridal trousseau.’
- ‘The trousseau had accompanied my mother on her sea journey from Scotland, a hopeless chest filled with the sort of frippery that quickly disintegrates in Africa.’
- ‘People from neighboring countries fly down on weekends to finalize their trousseaux.’
- ‘The best of every bit that goes into making a wedding trousseau will be here at the exhibition, she assures.’
- ‘In mid-fifteenth-century Florence, the husband typically spent about a third to two-thirds of the dowry on clothes for the new wife and furnishings - often well above the cost of the trousseau.’
- ‘It's very lucky that Mother had started putting together my trousseau when William proposed to me last October, otherwise we would have an impossible amount of work to do.’
- ‘This is not a trousseau collection or even bridal wear.’
- ‘She picked herself a fine trousseau and had it delivered to the ship which she had booked her passage on.’
- ‘We have a trousseau collection that will truly delight you.’
- ‘Few disputed that a bride's personal items, her trousseau, went with her.’
- ‘This was also the period in which young women were apprenticed to seamstresses, to prepare their trousseau and be initiated into the skills of seduction.’
Mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of trousse ‘bundle’ (a sense also found in Middle English).
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