Origin of dressing
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.
- to decorate a ship by hoisting lines of flags running its full length.
- U.S. Navy.to display the national ensigns at each masthead and a larger ensign on the flagstaff.
Origin of dress
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Contemporary Examples of dressing
He once experimented with dressing as “Hilda the Wicked Witch” as a way to expand his business to Halloween.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
Followers had traveled many miles to mourn the loss, and aid in the ritual washing, dressing, and honoring of the body.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
Women are berated—and berate themselves—for dressing too sexily.In Defense of Slut-O-Ween
October 29, 2014
We say our hellos, and he guides me backstage, up three flights of stairs, and into his dressing room.The Revival of Kieran Culkin: A Reluctant Star Seizes the Spotlight
October 23, 2014
Still, the first color we reach for when dressing for a funeral is black.The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye
October 21, 2014
Historical Examples of dressing
Now hurry into your dressing gown and let's begin our letters.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
In his dressing room he kept a large open bible in which he daily read.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Dressing herself as quickly as possible, she hurried to go downstairs.The Dream
You will observe that she has fine rugs in her dressing room and bathroom.Her Father's Daughter
All the time he was dressing and taking his coffee he could hear her talking to some one.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes
Word Origin for dress
mid-14c., verbal noun from dress (v.). Sense in cookery is from c.1500. Meaning "bandage" is first recorded 1713. Dressing gown attested from 1777; dressing room from 1670s.
early 14c., "make straight; direct, guide, control, prepare for cooking," from Old French dresser, drecier "raise (oneself), address, prepare, lift, raise, hoist, set up, arrange, set (a table), serve (food), straighten, put right, direct," from Vulgar Latin *directiare, from Latin directus "direct, straight" (see direct (v.)).
Sense of "decorate, adorn" is late 14c., as is that of "put on clothing." Original sense survives in military meaning "align columns of troops." Dress up "attire elaborately" is from 1670s; dressing down "wearing clothes less formal than expected" is from 1960. To dress (someone) down (1769) is ironical. Related: Dressed; dressing.
c.1600, originally any clothing, especially that appropriate to rank or to some ceremony; sense of "woman's garment" is first recorded 1630s, with overtones of "made not merely to clothe but to adorn." Dress rehearsal first recorded 1828.