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dress US English

Put on one’s clothes

dress US Thesaurus

he dressed quickly

day dress US English

Clothing worn, or appropriate for wearing, during the day.

dress up US English

Dress in smart or formal clothes

new-dress US English

To dress again or afresh; to revise or rearrange. Also †without object with reflexive meaning (obsolete).

re-dress US English

Dress (someone or something) again

coat dress US English

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

court dress US English

Formal clothing worn at a royal court

cross-dress US English

Wear clothing typical of the opposite sex

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

field-dress US English

To remove the internal organs from (hunted game) soon after the kill, primarily to aid the cooling of the carcass.

full dress US English

Clothes worn on ceremonial or formal occasions

pants dress US English

A dress with a divided skirt; = pantdress.

paper dress US English

(In early use probably) a dress made of a paperlike fabric; (later) a dress made of paper, especially an inexpensive disposable one.

pick-dress US English

To dress (stone, etc.) with a pick.

power dress US English

Especially of a woman: to dress in such a way as to convey the impression of efficiency, self-confidence, and assertiveness.

rough-dress US English

To beat and scrape (flax or hemp) in order to remove the coarser particles. Compare swingle. Now chiefly historical.

sack dress US English

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

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

tube dress US English

A close-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders; a chemise dress.

bandage dress US English

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

bustier dress US English

A dress having a bodice styled in this way.

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

empire dress US English

A dress having a waistline just below the bust, and a skirt that is long, loose, and straight.

formal dress US English

Clothing suitable for an official or important occasion

modern dress US English

Costumes for a theatrical production that are in a style from the period of performance rather than that of a play’s setting or time of writing

morning dress US English

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

poncho dress US English

†traditional costume including a poncho (obsolete).

service dress US English

Military uniform worn on formal but not ceremonial occasions

skater dress US English

A short dress with a fitted waist and a skirt that flares into an A-line shape

wedding dress US English

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

academic dress US English

The traditional dress of students, graduates, or officials of a university or college, usually including a cap and gown, and for graduates a hood, now mainly worn on formal or ceremonial occasions.

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

marriage dress US English

A dress worn by a bride for her wedding; = wedding-dress.

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

academical dress US English

= academic dress.

discotheque dress US English

= disco dress.

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