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(especially formerly) a chest or the like in which a young woman collected clothing, linens, and other articles in anticipation of marriage.
(US & Canadian) a young woman’s collection of clothes, linen, cutlery, etc, in anticipation of marriage Also called (esp in Britain) bottom drawer


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