dress-up

[ dres-uhp ]
/ ˈdrɛsˌʌp /

adjective

being an occasion, situation, etc., for which one must be somewhat formally well-dressed: the first dress-up dance of the season.

noun

Informal. Usually dress-ups.
  1. a person's best clothes: Wear your dress-ups for the reception.
  2. accessories or other added features: a car with custom dress-ups.

Origin of dress-up

First recorded in 1665–75; noun, adj. use of verb phrase dress up

Definition for dress up (2 of 2)

Origin of dress

1275–1325; Middle English dressen < Anglo-French dresser, dresc(i)er, to arrange, prepare, Old French drecier < Vulgar Latin *dīrēctiāre, derivative of Latin dīrēctus direct; noun use of v. in sense “attire” from circa 1600
SYNONYMS FOR dress
1 frock.
2 raiment, attire, clothes, habit, garments, vestments, habiliments.
Related formshalf-dressed, adjectiveout·dress, verb (used with object)

Synonym study

1. Dress, costume, gown refer to garments for women. Dress is the general term for a garment: a black dress. Costume is used of the style of dress appropriate to some occasion, purpose, period, or character, especially as used on the stage, at balls, at court, or the like, and may apply to men's garments as well: an 18th-century costume. Gown is usually applied to a dress more expensive and elegant than the ordinary, usually long, to be worn on a special occasion: a wedding gown.
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British Dictionary definitions for dress up (1 of 2)

dress up


verb (adverb)

to attire (oneself or another) in one's best clothes
to put fancy dress, disguise, etc, on (oneself or another), as in children's gameslet's dress up as ghosts!
(tr) to improve the appearance or impression ofit's no good trying to dress up the facts

British Dictionary definitions for dress up (2 of 2)

dress

/ (drɛs) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for dress

C14: from Old French drecier, ultimately from Latin dīrigere to direct
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Medicine definitions for dress up

dress

[ drĕs ]

v.

To apply medication, bandages, or other therapeutic materials to an area of the body such as a wound.
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Idioms and Phrases with dress up

dress up


1

Wear formal or elaborate clothes, as in I love to dress up for a party. [Late 1600s] For the antonym, see dress down, def. 2.

2

Put on a costume of some kind, as in The children love dressing up as witches and goblins. [Late 1800s]

3

Adorn or disguise something in order to make it more interesting or appealing. For example, She has a way of dressing up her account with fanciful details. [Late 1600s]

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