Origin of fancy dress
Examples from the Web for fancy dress
The 1960 pink canvas shown here, called “Concetto spaziale, Attese,” seems too fancy-dress for its slashing to be taken seriously.
All you have done is to subject Mr. Fink-Nottle to the nameless horrors of a fancy-dress ball for nothing.
A fancy-dress ball, for instance, was given at the theatre, and I had her promise not to attend the ball in male attire.The Confession of a Fool|August Strindberg
Is it an offence to go to a fancy-dress ball in a police officer's uniform?The Grell Mystery|Frank Froest
So I make June a sort of pranky, fancy-dress party for my soul.The Sick-a-Bed Lady|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
A man who can set out in a cab for a fancy-dress ball and not get there is manifestly a poop of no common order.
British Dictionary definitions for fancy dress
- costume worn at masquerades, etc, usually representing a particular role, historical figure, etc
- (as modifier)a fancy-dress ball