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overdress

Syllabification: o·ver·dress

Definition of overdress in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈdres
 
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[no object] (also be overdressed)
Dress with too much display or formality: Eugenie did not wish to overdress she felt wildly overdressed in her velvet suit
More example sentences
  • I probably overdressed for a Saturday (polo shirt, jumper, tweed jacket and slacks) but had never seen my supervisor in anything but a suit.
  • I see him most often in the company of boys between 18-25, and frankly, he's usually a bit overdressed for my taste.
  • Kirsty felt out of place at Simon's office today, pale and overdressed, but at dinner, after gulping down a drink, she relaxes.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌdres
 
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chiefly British Back to top  
A dress worn over another dress or other clothing.
Example sentences
  • She had removed her jewelry, her stockings and the chiffon overdress of her gown.
  • The archaeological evidence shows that women were often buried in their best outfits, including a pair of oval brooches of gilt bronze, which held up a woollen overdress worn with a linen underdress.
  • Also, she knew she'd sorely miss the fancy overdresses and petticoats she used to wear.

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