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Words of the day — trousseau

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February 20, 2013

Words of the Day

  • trousseau
  • audio pronunciation
  • \TROO-soh\


: the personal possessions of a bride usually including clothes, accessories, and household linens and wares

I am fortunate to be in possession of various family heirlooms, including several items from my great-grandmother's trousseau.

“Kate will promise to love, comfort, honor and keep Prince William. And as the countdown continues, the princess bride is not withering under the strain, seen around town—shopping, perhaps, for her honeymoon trousseau.” — From a report by Natalie Morales in the NBC News Transcripts, April 23, 2011


“Trousseau” is a descendant of the French verb “trousser,” meaning “to truss” or “to tuck up.” Fittingly, a bride might truss, or bundle, a variety of items as part of her trousseau—and it is perhaps not too surprising that “truss” is also a “trousser” descendant. “Trousser” itself is thought to have evolved from a Vulgar Latin word, “torsus,” meaning “twisted.” Another descendant of “trousser” is “retroussé,” meaning “turned up,” as in a “retroussé nose.”

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