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

  • n. The possessions, such as clothing and linens, that a bride assembles for her marriage.

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  • n. A bundle.
  • n. The clothes and linen etc. that a bride collects for her wedding and married life.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

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

  • n. the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens


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

French, from Old French, diminutive of trousse, bundle; see truss.

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From French trousseau, diminutive of trousse ‘bundle’.


  • 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. "

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843

  • -- 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.

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  • 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!

    Judy of York Hill

  • 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.

    The Vanishing Trousseau

  • Her trousseau was a mere cartload, given the expense of freight from Rome.

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  • 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.

    The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing A Manual of Ready Reference

  • Why the acquisition of a trousseau should be a purely feminine prerogative I have never been able to understand.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 22, 1914

  • But the bridegroom without a trousseau is a recognised institution.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 22, 1914

  • In spite of pecuniary difficulties the trousseau was to be a wonder; and even

    The Eustace Diamonds


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