Where does the word “Trousseau” come from and What does Trousseau mean?

Taken into English directly from the French, in which trousseau is the diminutive of trousse (from which we get truss), “a bundle, a pack.”

If taken literally, then, it would seem that a bride’s trousseau would be “a little bundle,” presumably consisting only of a few of her most needed personal effects and household linens.

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