- the formal costume required to be worn at a royal court on ceremonial and other occasions.
Origin of court dress
First recorded in 1690–1700
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Examples from the Web for court dress
Their robes were more showy than any court-dress ever witnessed at Windsor Castle or the Tuileries.
I put on my court-dress, and looked a perfect Lovelace in it.Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay
George Otto Trevelyan
I was quite blue, and frozen in my court-dress and with bare neck.Memoirs of the Empress Catherine II.
Catherine II, Empress of Russia
A little more and she would have ordered a court-dress of gold brocade.Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau
Honore de Balzac
"Mr. Ashe says he will, if he may wear just court-dress," said the maid, smiling.The Marriage of William Ashe
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- the formal clothing worn at court
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