an outfit of clothing, bedding, etc., for a newborn baby.

Origin of layette

1830–40; < French; Middle French laiete small coffer, equivalent to laie chest (< Middle Dutch laeye, variant of lade; akin to lade) + -ete -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for layette

Historical Examples of layette

  • They are born the owners of a layette which becomes the groundwork of their trousseau.

  • We came here because the mother said she got a layette at madame's studio.

    Paris Vistas

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • A date was approaching, and there was the layette to be prepared.

  • The layette and the little bed are in our room all ready for the coining of our treasure.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess

    Raden Adjeng Kartini

  • Mrs. Barsaloux, relenting, had sent a layette of French workmanship, and Marna was radiantly happy.

    The Precipice

    Elia Wilkinson Peattie

British Dictionary definitions for layette



a complete set of articles, including clothing, bedclothes, and other accessories, for a newborn baby

Word Origin for layette

C19: from French, from Old French, from laie, from Middle Dutch laege box
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Word Origin and History for layette

"baby's outfit," 1839, from French layette, properly the box in which it comes, subsequently transferred to the linen, from Middle French layette "chest of drawers," from laie "drawer, box," from Middle Dutch laeye, related to lade, load (v.).

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