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.

Origin of fancy dress

First recorded in 1760–70
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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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