trousseau

In olden days, a newly married bride would bring a trousseau, or a collection of clothing and linens, when she and her new husband moved in together.

Traditionally, a young woman collected items for her trousseau for years before getting married, often with help from her parents. A newer, slightly less antiquated version of the trousseau is a hope chest, a wooden chest that is gradually filled in anticipation of a future marital home. The word trousseau is French, a diminutive form of trousse, "bundle."

Definitions of trousseau
  1. noun
    the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens
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    type of:
    getup, outfit, rig, turnout
    a set of clothing (with accessories)
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