full dress

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  1. 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.

  2. a ceremonial style of dress.

Origin of full dress

First recorded in 1755–65

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[ fool-dres ]

  1. formal and complete in all details: a full-dress uniform.

  2. 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

    • 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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