[ troo-soh, troo-soh ]
/ ˈtru soʊ, truˈsoʊ /

noun, plural trous·seaux [troo-sohz, troo-sohz] /ˈtru soʊz, truˈsoʊz/, trous·seaus.

an outfit of clothing, household linen, etc., for a bride.

Origin of trousseau

1175–1225; < French; Middle French troussel, equivalent to trousse parcel, bundle (of straw, etc.), noun derivative oftro(u)sser to fasten (see truss) + -el diminutive suffix (see -elle) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈtruːsəʊ) /

noun plural -seaux or -seaus (-səʊz)

the clothes, linen, etc, collected by a bride for her marriage

Word Origin for trousseau

C19: from Old French, literally: a little bundle, from trusse a bundle; see truss
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Word Origin and History for trousseau



1817, from French trousseau, originally "a bundle," diminutive of Old French trousse "bundle" (see truss). Italicized as foreign at first, nativized by 1833. The Old French form was borrowed into Middle English early 13c., but it fell from use.

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