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[dres-uhp] /ˈdrɛsˌʌp/
being an occasion, situation, etc., for which one must be somewhat formally well-dressed:
the first dress-up dance of the season.
Informal.. Usually, dress-ups.
  1. a person's best clothes:
    Wear your dress-ups for the reception.
  2. accessories or other added features:
    a car with custom dress-ups.
Origin of dress-up
First recorded in 1665-75; noun, adj. use of verb phrase dress up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Well then, when Miss Norris was going to dress-up, Cayley gave it away.

    The Red House Mystery A. A. Milne
  • Arf of its only ousemaidin; and the other arf is dress-up and make-believe.

    Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw
  • As a rule, young people love a “dress-up” party, and the guests all entered into the spirit of the thing.

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
  • Dey tell me dat w'en slaves wus shipped to New Orleans dey had to be dress-up in nice clothes.

  • Her first contact with him in a well-lighted room made her aware that there were other things to the person besides the dress-up.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • Into this both girls put such belongings as might not be used daily—a sort of "dress-up" clothes' closet.

  • Charleston, South Carolina, had a specially elegant flag—blue with a silver crescent—to use on "dress-up" days.

    The Little Book of the Flag Eva March Tappan
  • We only have extra under-things, said Marie, and one dress-up frock apiece, besides our camp clothes and ceremonial dresses.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • All these dress-up kimonos have decorations in color, sometimes embroidered and sometimes dyed on the lower points of the front.

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