Definition of dress noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dres//
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  1. 1  [countable] a piece of women’s clothing that is made in one piece and covers the body down to the legs, sometimes reaching to below the knees, or to the ankles a long white dress a wedding dress see also cocktail dress, evening dress, sundress, wrap dress See related entries: Clothes
  2. 2  [uncountable] clothes for either men or women to wear casual/formal dress He has no dress sense (= no idea of how to dress well). see also evening dress, fancy dress, headdress, morning dress
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘put straight’): from Old French dresser ‘arrange, prepare’, based on Latin directus ‘direct, straight’.Extra examples He was wearing traditional Scottish dress. He’s got poor dress sense. She appeared in a slinky satin dress. She hitched up her long dress so it wouldn’t drag in the mud. She looked elegant in a simple black dress. She sat down and smoothed her dress over her legs. The club has a strict dress code. The hat went with her new dress wonderfully. a performance of ‘Hamlet’ in modern dress in full dress uniform the costumes worn at the fancy-dress ball All the guests were in evening dress. Everyone was expected to wear fancy dress. He has no dress sense. The company has a strict dress code —all male employees are expected to wear suits. We were allowed to wear casual dress on Fridays.
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