Origin of go-to-meeting
An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for go-to-meeting
Very few men look their best in their Go-to-Meeting clothes.Red as a Rose is She
Paddy, must we put on our best dresses when she comes—our Sunday go-to-meeting frocks, you know?Girls of the Forest
L. T. Meade
In the two closets of this chamber were mine hostess's cloak, best bonnet, and go-to-meeting apparel.
Directly an immigrant has landed, he feels that his first earnings must be devoted to a Sunday go-to-meeting suit.Town Life in Australia
R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
He wore neither wig nor gown, and had not even put on his Sunday go-to-meeting clothes.The Book of the Bush
Word Origin and History for go-to-meeting
"suitable for use in a church or on Sundays," 1790, especially of clothes but the earliest recorded reference is to music.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper