Definition of full dress in English:

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full dress

Pronunciation: /ˈfo͝ol ˌdres/


Clothes worn on ceremonial or formal occasions.
Example sentences
  • They appear in full dress on special occasions such as the investiture of a new society member, the mourning in honor of a deceased member or chief, or the visit of an administrative or religious authority.
  • The Queen's Horse Guards, who are usually out at dawn, were uncharacteristically in spectacular full dress today, with carriage amidst them.
  • Jack, attired in full dress blues, stood from his seat as the shuttle touched down on the Constitution's hangar deck.


Denoting an event, activity, or process that is treated with complete seriousness or that possesses all the characteristics of a genuine example of the type: shuttle diplomacy might be better than a full-dress conference
More example sentences
  • The full-dress biography by Walter Isaacson fortunately transcends the limits of conventional hagiography, even though the author makes large claims for his subject and extravagant claims for the Republic he helped to create.
  • The Administration also advocates that under the law of armed conflict the detainees can be held at Guantanamo Bay until the conclusion of the war against terror and without the full-dress procedure of criminal trials.
  • Murder and rape convictions, especially those with a prospect of capital punishment, generally follow a full-dress trial with all its elaborate rights and protections for the defendant.

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Syllabification: full dress

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