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dinner dress

a dress, often long and having sleeves or a jacket, more elaborate than one designed for daytime wear but less formal than an evening gown.
Origin of dinner dress
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He stood there in dinner dress, more imposing than Katy had thought he could be.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • As he was in dinner dress, Fanny asked him where he had been dining?

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Aunt Maria was more "duchessy" than ever in her dinner dress.


    Jane Abbott
  • I never had a dress like that—I never had a dinner dress in my life.

    Fan W.H. Hudson (AKA Henry Harford)
  • He's in dinner dress, just as he came from his own table in Fifth Avenue.

    One of My Sons Anna Katharine Green
  • My morning dress, my noon dress, dinner dress, And evening dress!

    The Hunchback James Sheridan Knowles
  • Eddie can put on a dinner dress with the best and he has dined with kings.

    The Tent Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • I cannot appear in the morning in a dinner dress, and a white frock—at my age!

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
  • Her clinging black gown was sufficiently elaborate for a dinner dress.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • Ball dressing requires less art than the nice gradations of costume in the dinner dress, and the dress for evening parties.

    Our Deportment

    John H. Young

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