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dress rehearsal

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noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for dress rehearsal

Historical Examples

  • The dress-rehearsal had just dragged its weary length to a close.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • I'll wash my hands of her till the dress-rehearsal, if you like.

    Regiment of Women

    Clemence Dane

  • It was their dress-rehearsal night for the coming performance of The Lovers Secret.

    Egholm and his God

    Johannes Buchholtz

  • I went to his apartment after my dress-rehearsal on the night of the fourth of August.

    "Persons Unknown"

    Virginia Tracy

  • And she says to him, "You cannot go to Ingham now, you have a dress-rehearsal."

    "Persons Unknown"

    Virginia Tracy


British Dictionary definitions for dress rehearsal

dress rehearsal

noun
  1. the last complete rehearsal of a play or other work, using costumes, scenery, lighting, etc, as for the first night
  2. any full-scale practice
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