American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The possessions, such as clothing and linens, that a bride assembles for her marriage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bundle.
- n. The clothes and other outfit of a bride which she brings with her from her former home.
- n. obsolete A bundle.
- n. The clothes and linen etc. that a bride collects for her wedding and married life.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The collective lighter equipments or outfit of a bride, including clothes, jewelry, and the like; especially, that which is provided for her by her family.
- n. the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens
- From French trousseau, diminutive of trousse ‘bundle’. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, diminutive of trousse, bundle; see truss. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The _trousseau_ will probably be sent down from London in a week, unless she shall go to town to choose it, which is the more likely event, as among French ladies the trousseau is generally a more important matter than the gentleman; and then, I presume, you will be relieved from all _anxiety_ upon the subject. ”
“-- Then, when the day of days arrives for a girl and the trousseau is to be selected, only the best and most becoming garments are to be considered for this great event.”
“Judith had a happy day buying her spring "trousseau" -- Nancy had cautioned her to lay in a goodly supply of white skirts and middies for the "sports" term -- and then came the looked-for morning when she waited for the Montreal express that was to bring her this best friend -- whom she hadn't met a short seven months before and whom now she was sure she couldn't live without!”
“She was folding carefully the white undergarment she had finished making for her college "trousseau" -- as her father called it.”
“The trousseau is another feminine custom that has practically fallen into disuse.”
“Her trousseau was a mere cartload, given the expense of freight from Rome.”
“If the check her father furnishes her for her trousseau is a generous one it is a wise provision to put a part of it aside for later use, and in so doing she has the equivalent of a wardrobe that will last her for a year or more.”
“Why the acquisition of a trousseau should be a purely feminine prerogative I have never been able to understand.”
“But the bridegroom without a trousseau is a recognised institution.”
“In spite of pecuniary difficulties the trousseau was to be a wonder; and even”
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