- a person's best clothes: Wear your dress-ups for the reception.
- accessories or other added features: a car with custom dress-ups.
Origin of dress-up
Definition for dress up (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), dressed or drest, dress·ing.
- to prepare or bait (a fishhook) for use.
- to prepare (bait, especially an artificial fly) for use.
verb (used without object), dressed or drest, dress·ing.
- to reprimand; scold.
- to thrash; beat.
- to dress informally or less formally: to dress down for the shipboard luau.
- to put on one's best or fanciest clothing; dress relatively formally: They were dressed up for the Easter parade.
- to dress in costume or in another person's clothes: to dress up in Victorian clothing; to dress up as Marie Antoinette.
- to embellish or disguise, especially in order to make more appealing or acceptable: to dress up the facts with colorful details.
Origin of dress
Related formshalf-dressed, adjectiveout·dress, verb (used with object)
British Dictionary definitions for dress up (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for dress up (2 of 2)
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes
Word Origin for dress
Medicine definitions for dress up
Idioms and Phrases with dress up
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.
Put on a costume of some kind, as in The children love dressing up as witches and goblins. [Late 1800s]
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]