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[verb oh-ver-dres; noun oh-ver-dres] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈdrɛs; noun ˈoʊ vərˌdrɛs/
verb (used with or without object), overdressed, overdressing.
to dress with too much display, finery, or formality:
He certainly overdressed for the occasion.
to put excessive clothing on:
She tends to overdress her children.
a dress worn over another, which it covers either partially or completely.
Origin of overdress
First recorded in 1700-10; over- + dress Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She wore a white satin dress with an over-dress of gossamer lace.

    Cora and The Doctor Harriette Newell Baker
  • The frosty network of the over-dress was looped here and there with diamond stars.

    A Dreadful Temptation Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • He is obliged to point out that they over-dress and stride along the Boulevards like dismounted dragoons.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for over-dress


verb (ˌəʊvəˈdrɛs)
to dress (oneself or another) too elaborately or finely
noun (ˈəʊvəˌdrɛs)
a dress that may be worn over a jumper, blouse, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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