trousseau

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trousseau the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trousseau 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trousseau A bundle.
    • n trousseau The clothes and other outfit of a bride which she brings with her from her former home.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trousseau trōō-sō′ the lighter articles of a bride's outfit:
    • n Trousseau trōō-sō′ (rare) a bundle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. OF. trossel, dim. of trousse, a bundle, truss. See Truss
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., a dim. of trousse, a bundle.

Usage

In literature:

Suppose we go to New York, all three of us, and buy Jemmy's trousseau?
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
It was a scanty trousseau the bride was taking with her to the other wilderness.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
The trousseau came from Paris, and was marvellous.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
There is generally a fixed sum set apart for the trousseau, and the amount must necessarily control the extent of the purchases.
"The Etiquette of Engagement and Marriage" by G. R. M. Devereux
With her own hands she packed up all the new dresses, the wealth of the pretty trousseau.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
The Herons were to return to London in November, and the purchase of Elizabeth's trousseau was postponed until then.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
There was no need of delay on account of the trousseau, for he had bought everything in Vienna.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
He jokingly suggested that I was going to purchase a trousseau.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
It was all I could do, though, to keep my eyes off'm that trousseau of his.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
How could she be expected to think of him with the wedding trousseau demanding all her thoughts and time?
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
And think of Dolly's trousseau!
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Zoe insisted on a description of the trousseau, especially the wedding dress.
"Elsie at Viamede" by Martha Finley
She had a confused sense of Edith as barricaded by her trousseau.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
And it did not cost nearly as much as Jenny's trousseau and wedding-journey.
"Gertrude's Marriage" by W. Heimburg
Where did she propose to get her trousseau?
"Patricia Brent, Spinster" by Herbert Jenkins
About her, on the floor, was spread the pitiful evidence that she had tried to improvise a trousseau out of her funeral garments.
"The Way of the Gods" by John Luther Long
She could not destroy her trousseau in order to buy a new one.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6" by Guy de Maupassant
But now that the trousseau of new clothes is bought the brief madness had left her.
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck
And then I must have a trousseau.
"Capricious Caroline" by E. Maria Albanesi
Mother's trousseau lasted as long as she did, and father never needed anything more than the suit he was married in.
"Toppleton's Client" by John Kendrick Bangs
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In poetry:

COUNSEL. Picture, then, my client naming,
And insisting on the day:
Picture him excuses framing—
Going from her far away;
Doubly criminal to do so,
For the maid had bought her trousseau!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert