[ dres-ing ]
/ ˈdrɛs ɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that dresses.
a sauce for food: salad dressing.
stuffing for a fowl: turkey dressing.
material used to dress or cover a wound.
manure, compost, or other fertilizers.
the ornamental detail of a building, especially that around openings.

Origin of dressing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at dress, -ing1

Definition for dressing (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


1 frock.
2 raiment, attire, clothes, habit, garments, vestments, habiliments.


half-dressed, adjectiveout·dress, verb (used with object)

synonym study for dress

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 dressing (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdrɛsɪŋ) /


a sauce for food, esp for salad
US and Canadian a mixture of chopped and seasoned ingredients with which poultry, meat, etc, is stuffed before cookingAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): stuffing
a covering for a wound, sore, etc
manure or artificial fertilizer spread on land
size used for stiffening textiles
the processes in the conversion of certain rough tanned hides into leather ready for use
See also dressings

British Dictionary definitions for dressing (2 of 2)

/ (drɛs) /



Word Origin for dress

C14: from Old French drecier, ultimately from Latin dīrigere to direct
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Medical definitions for dressing (1 of 2)

[ drĕsĭng ]


A therapeutic or protective material applied to a wound.

Medical definitions for dressing (2 of 2)

[ drĕs ]


To apply medication, bandages, or other therapeutic materials to an area of the body such as a wound.
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