- formal or semiformal attire for evening wear.
Compare morning dress.
Origin of evening dress
First recorded in 1790–1800
Also called evening clothes.
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Examples from the Web for evening dress
Stuart, in evening-dress, was standing before the mirror, and polishing his eyeglass.Twos and Threes
G. B. Stern
He threw off his hat and overcoat, thereby showing that he was still in his evening-dress.Vendetta
And then mother fretted a little that I had no evening-dress ready.Esther
Rosa Nouchette Carey
Only my saddle-bag, and I have no evening-dress with me, else I should be glad.The Trespasser, Complete
To think that it is eighteen months since I wore an evening-dress!The Daughters of a Genius
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
- attire for wearing at a formal occasion during the evening, esp (for men) a dinner jacket and black tie, or (less commonly, for women) a floor-length gown