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dress rehearsal

a rehearsal of a play or other performance in costume and with scenery, properties, and lights arranged and operated as for a performance: often the final rehearsal.
Origin of dress rehearsal
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Finally, two days before the great solemnity, there was a dress rehearsal.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I have even gone so far as to fix a day for a dress rehearsal.

  • The operetta was to be sung in the Sanford Theatre, where the dress rehearsal had been held.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • She occupied the fifteen minutes of waiting in a dress rehearsal.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • She finished it last evening, and Cherry insisted on a dress rehearsal.

    Afterwards Kathlyn Rhodes
British Dictionary definitions for dress rehearsal

dress rehearsal

the last complete rehearsal of a play or other work, using costumes, scenery, lighting, etc, as for the first night
any full-scale practice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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