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dress US English

Put on one’s clothes

re-dress US English

Dress (someone or something) again

dress up US English

Dress in smart or formal clothes

sack dress US English

A woman’s short, loose, unwaisted dress, originally fashionable in the 1950s

cross-dress US English

Wear clothing typical of the opposite sex

court dress US English

Formal clothing worn at a royal court

coat dress US English

A woman’s tailored dress, typically fastening down the front and resembling a coat

dress down US English

Dress informally

dress-down US English

Of or relating to dress that is informal or less formal than would be expected

dress ship US English

Decorate a ship with flags, for a special occasion

dress coat US English

Another term for tailcoat.

dress code US English

A set of rules, usually written and posted, specifying the required manner of dress at a school, office, club, restaurant, etc.

dress sense US English

A good instinct for selecting garments which suit the wearer

dress shirt US English

A man’s white shirt worn with a bow tie and a dinner jacket on formal occasions

fancy dress US English

An unusual or amusing costume worn to make someone look like a famous person, fictional character, or an animal, especially as part of a theme at a party

tent dress US English

A full, loose-fitting dress that is narrow at the shoulders and very wide at the hem, having no waistline or darts

full dress US English

Clothes worn on ceremonial or formal occasions

bandage dress US English

A tight-fitting dress made of a stretchy fabric that appears to be wrapped around the body in layers

service dress US English

Military uniform worn on formal but not ceremonial occasions

combat dress US English

Uniform of a type intended to be worn by soldiers in actual combat

dress circle US English

The first level of seats above the ground floor in a theater

dress length US English

A piece of material long enough to make a dress

dress parade US English

A military parade in full dress uniform

dress shield US English

A piece of waterproof material fastened in the armpit of a dress to protect it from perspiration

wedding dress US English

A dress worn by a bride at her wedding, typically long and white

morning dress US English

A man’s cutaway coat and striped pants, worn on formal occasions such as weddings, typically with a top hat

rational dress US English

A style of women’s dress introduced in the late 19th century, characterized by the wearing of knickerbockers or bloomers in place of a skirt

cocktail dress US English

An elegant dress suitable for semiformal social occasions

dress rehearsal US English

The final rehearsal of a live show, in which everything is done as it would be in a real performance

Highland dress US English

Clothing in the traditional style of the Scottish Highlands, including the kilt, now chiefly worn on formal occasions

dress-down Friday US English

Another term for casual Friday.

dress up in dress US English

Dress in smart or formal clothes

dress someone down US English

Reprimand someone

dress something up US English

Present something in such a way that it appears better than it really is

dress down in dress US English

Dress informally

dress ship in dress US English

Decorate a ship with flags, for a special occasion

full dress uniform US English

A military uniform worn on ceremonial occasions

little black dress US English

A woman’s short or medium-length black dress suitable for almost any social engagement

dress something up in dress US English

Present something in such a way that it appears better than it really is

dress someone down in dress US English

Reprimand someone

battledress US English

Combat dress, particularly as worn by British soldiers during the Second World War

headdress US English

An ornamental covering or band for the head, especially one worn on ceremonial occasions

minidress US English

A very short dress

nightdress US English

Another term for nightgown.

shirtdress US English

A dress with a collar and buttons in the style of a shirt, typically cut without a seam at the waist

sheath dress in sheath US English

A woman’s close-fitting dress

shift dress in shift US English

A woman’s straight, unwaisted dress

underdress US English

Dress too plainly or too informally


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