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