the formal attire customarily worn in the evening, usually consisting of black tailcoats and white bow ties for men, and floor-length dresses for women.
a ceremonial style of dress.
Other definitions for full-dress (2 of 2)
formal and complete in all details: a full-dress uniform.
done or presented completely or thoroughly.
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How to use full dress in a sentence
The house, like every obvious manifestation of Palmer, is ready for a full-dress inspection.
Some of the guests actually arrive in full dress, including a man wearing a teetering cardboard dino head.
At sea he allows her to wear an easy negligé, but in port she must appear in full dress.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Such an invitation, addressed either to an intimate friend or mere acquaintance, will signify full dress.
The Prince and Princess appeared in full dress in the king's box, which is in the centre of the house.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
The Opera—Here you should wear full dress, an opera cloak, and either a head-dress, or dressy bonnet of some thin material.
At an evening reception let the bride wear full dress, but not her wedding-dress.
British Dictionary definitions for full dress
a formal or ceremonial style of dress, such as white tie and tails for a man and a full-length evening dress for a woman
(as modifier): full-dress uniform
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