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noun

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.

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Origin of full dress

First recorded in 1755–65

Definition for full dress (2 of 2)

full-dress
[ fool-dres ]
/ ˈfʊlˌdrɛs /

adjective

formal and complete in all details: a full-dress uniform.
done or presented completely or thoroughly.

Origin of full-dress

First recorded in 1755–65
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British Dictionary definitions for full dress

full dress

noun

  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)full-dress uniform
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