- a rehearsal of a play or other performance in costume and with scenery, properties, and lights arranged and operated as for a performance: often the final rehearsal.
Origin of dress rehearsal
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for dress rehearsal
The dress-rehearsal had just dragged its weary length to a close.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
I'll wash my hands of her till the dress-rehearsal, if you like.Regiment of Women
It was their dress-rehearsal night for the coming performance of The Lovers Secret.Egholm and his God
I went to his apartment after my dress-rehearsal on the night of the fourth of August.
And she says to him, "You cannot go to Ingham now, you have a dress-rehearsal."
- the last complete rehearsal of a play or other work, using costumes, scenery, lighting, etc, as for the first night
- any full-scale practice