evening dress


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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Related Words for evening dress

formal, formalwear, soup-and-fish

Examples from the Web for evening dress

Historical Examples of 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.


    Marie Corelli

  • And then mother fretted a little that I had no evening-dress ready.


    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • Only my saddle-bag, and I have no evening-dress with me, else I should be glad.

  • To think that it is eighteen months since I wore an evening-dress!

    The Daughters of a Genius

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

British Dictionary definitions for evening dress

evening dress


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
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