from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A set of clothing and bedding for a newborn child.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a complete set of clothing etc for a new baby
  • n. an ERO (equipment repair order) parts bin in the United States Marine Corps, when discussing maintenance management and repair parts management. When conducting maintenance on a piece of equipment, or vehicle, parts are ordered. When parts come in they are placed into the bins until all the parts arrive, and then they are signed for by a mechanic and applied to the equipment, or vehicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The outfit of clothing, blankets, etc., prepared for a newborn infant, and placed ready for use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A complete outfit for a new-born child, including garments, toilet articles, cradle or bassinet, and bedding.
  • n. A three-sided tray or box without a cover, used to carry powder from one mortar to another in powder-mills.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. kit consisting of a complete outfit (clothing and accessories) for a new baby


French, from Old French, chest of drawers, diminutive of laie, box, from Middle Dutch laeye.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Sometimes the layette is the only gift the women receive.

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  • I accepted my fear, my ignorance, my anxieties - indicated by the fact that I did not know what the term "layette" meant.

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  • She even planned to take the infant on a reporting trip to war-torn Saigon—she had bought a parasol and a layette, what else would be needed?

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  • Planning to take the infant on a reporting trip to war-torn Saigon—she bought a parasol and a layette, what else would be needed?.

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  • Smoking calms nerves, and I've never been more nervous than I am about this baby: how he's doing in there, how he is going to get out, when I'm going to ascertain the meaning of the word "layette."

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  • If the super-chic Carla does become a mom again, the layette will doubtless be luxurious.

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  • Always on trend, this is the one-stop shop for clothing, accessories and shoes, from layette to adult.

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  • Iplan to proposethe global baby layette as part of my circle's next project for the next knitter who is pregnant we are a fecund group.

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  • Little bitch, I thought, because in fact Lea had gone to Bonpoint and purchased, in both our names, an extravagant layette.

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  • It's been a sure thing since first they met:
    Head over heels, then wedding day set.
    After gadgets and jewelry
    And other tomfoolery
    The gifts next time will include a layette.

    July 21, 2014