morning gift

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Normalisation (after morning and gift) of Middle English morgengive, morhȝive, from Old English morgenġifu, morgenġiefu (morning gift), from Proto-Germanic *murgnagebō (morning gift), equivalent to morning + gift. Cognate with Dutch morgengave (morning gift), German Morgengabe (morning gift).


morning gift (plural morning gifts)

  1. A gift traditionally given in some (especially Germanic) cultures by the husband to his wife on the first morning after they were married.

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