fancy dress


noun

a costume for a ball, masquerade, etc., chosen to please the fancy, usually a costume characteristic of a particular period or place, class of persons, or historical or fictitious character.

Nearby words

  1. fanconi's syndrome,
  2. fancy,
  3. fancy dance,
  4. fancy dive,
  5. fancy diving,
  6. fancy fern,
  7. fancy goods,
  8. fancy man,
  9. fancy woman,
  10. fancy-free

Origin of fancy dress

First recorded in 1760–70

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British Dictionary definitions for fancy dress

fancy dress

noun

  1. costume worn at masquerades, etc, usually representing a particular role, historical figure, etc
  2. (as modifier)a fancy-dress ball
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