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[verb oh-ver-dres; noun oh-ver-dres]
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verb (used with or without object), o·ver·dressed, o·ver·dress·ing.
  1. to dress with too much display, finery, or formality: He certainly overdressed for the occasion.
  2. to put excessive clothing on: She tends to overdress her children.
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  1. a dress worn over another, which it covers either partially or completely.
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Origin of overdress

First recorded in 1700–10; over- + dress
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Historical Examples

  • The bridal dress, says Miss Davis, was of a pink satin, with an overdress of white lace; her slippers also were of white satin.

    John Greenleaf Whittier

    W. Sloane Kennedy

  • There is a vulgar tendency among all Americans to overdress which you must avoid.

  • Then, it seems to me, it is a little hard on the really poor girls at school if the rest of you are inclined to overdress.

    Vocational Guidance for Girls

    Marguerite Stockman Dickson

  • Jean Merritt wore her favorite rose color, a dress of satin with an overdress of tulle.

  • Overdress and bodice of white silk brocaded with scarlet roses.

British Dictionary definitions for overdress


verb (ˌəʊvəˈdrɛs)
  1. to dress (oneself or another) too elaborately or finely
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noun (ˈəʊvəˌdrɛs)
  1. a dress that may be worn over a jumper, blouse, etc
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