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Sunday best

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noun
  1. Sunday clothes.
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Examples from the Web for sunday best

Historical Examples

  • In the morning, Stoltzfoos prepared for his trip into Datura by donning his Sunday-best.

    Blind Man's Lantern

    Allen Kim Lang

  • Mr. Eliphalet Hopper, in his Sunday-best broadcloth was a marvel of propriety.

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • It is needless to say, I was dressed in my Sunday-best the next morning.

    The Seven-Branched Candlestick</p>

    Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel

  • Sunday-best is a different matter, and in this the other gaffer was clothed.

  • On his way home he tried in vain to dodge Luella Thickins, but she headed him off with one of her Sunday-best smiles.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes


British Dictionary definitions for sunday best

Sunday best

noun
  1. one's best clothes, esp regarded as those most suitable for churchgoing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with sunday best

sunday best

One's finest clothes, as in They were all in their Sunday best for the photographer. This expression alludes to reserving one's best clothes for going to church; indeed, an older idiom is Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes (meeting here meaning “prayer meeting”). [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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