Thursday, March 21, 2013

Word of the Day -- Trousseau

A trousseau is the personal possessions of a bride usually including clothes, accessories, and household linens and wares.  It 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 "retrouss√©," meaning "turned up," as in a "retrouss√© nose."

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