dress goods


noun (usually used with a plural verb)

cloth or material for dresses.

Origin of dress goods

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for dress goods

Historical Examples of dress goods

  • “Dress-goods, yarns, and tops” has been our industrial hymn and prayer.

    The Face of the Fields

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • Gittin' married,' says she, 'is like buyin' a piece o' dress-goods at the store.

    The Land of Long Ago

    Eliza Calvert Hall

  • There are vegetables of many kinds, furniture, and dress-goods of all colors.

  • Every seamstress in the room bent forward with an exclamation of pleasure as the piece of dress-goods was unrolled.

    Cicely and Other Stories

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • At last he fell asleep, with his head resting on a pile of dress-goods; and the candle was burning unattended.