dinner dress



a dress, often long and having sleeves or a jacket, more elaborate than one designed for daytime wear but less formal than an evening gown.

Origin of dinner dress

First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for dinner dress

Historical Examples of dinner dress

  • One for morning, and one for promenade, and a dinner-dress, and yet another.


    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • When she put on her dinner-dress and faced him, Mart Haney was humbled to earth.

    Money Magic

    Hamlin Garland

  • She glittered with diamonds—in a street-dress which might also have answered for a dinner-dress.

    Life on the Stage

    Clara Morris

  • She wore a dinner-dress with loose hanging sleeves, which were not becoming to her wasted frame.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume III (of 3)

    Frances Eleanor Trollope

  • She had no thought for the short rose-brocade train of her dinner-dress, and let it trail over the dirty floor.

    The Penalty

    Gouverneur Morris