Morning-gift meaning

Alternative form of morning gift.
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A gift traditionally given in some (especially Germanic) cultures by the husband to his wife on the first morning of their marriage.
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Origin of morning-gift

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary