evening dress

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  1. formal or semiformal attire for evening wear.

Origin of evening dress

First recorded in 1790–1800
  • Also called evening clothes .

Words Nearby evening dress

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How to use evening dress in a sentence

  • He was perfectly groomed, clad in evening-dress, and with his gloves and his silk hat in his hand.

    Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
  • The best thing I took away from Paris in 1899 was an evening-dress with a low neck—my first to go with hair put up.

    Paris Vistas | Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • They were expected to wear their pretty evening-dress, and look as much like grown-up young ladies as possible.

    Betty Vivian | L. T. Meade
  • It was Julie all in white, a semi-evening dress that heightened in a wonderful fashion her glorious, blond beauty.

    The Hosts of the Air | Joseph A. Altsheler
  • From early morning the committee was abroad, in full evening-dress, and desperately busy.

    Dry Fish and Wet | Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen

British Dictionary definitions for evening dress

evening dress

  1. 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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