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[wel-drest] /ˈwɛlˈdrɛst/
attired in clothing that is of good quality, is properly fitted, and is appropriate and becoming.
Origin of well-dressed
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She was well-dressed, with a different air from the women he knew.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • That's why you are become so well-dressed, Horatio; I wondered how you came to spruce up so!

  • There isn't a lovelier sight on God's earth than a well-dressed Englishwoman.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • The people at the wayside stations are all well-dressed and well-shod.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Some well-dressed men were standing talking in one of the porches.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for well-dressed


adjective (well dressed when postpositive)
neatly, expensively, or fashionably attired
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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