Sunday best

  1. one's best clothes, esp regarded as those most suitable for churchgoing

Words Nearby Sunday best

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How to use Sunday best in a sentence

  • Grandmother and grandchild were sitting on the bench dressed in their Sunday-best and with a book on their knees.

    Maezli | Johanna Spyri
  • Even Mrs. Black's everyday hat was handsomer than her own Sunday-best.

    An Alabaster Box | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  • On his way home he tried in vain to dodge Luella Thickins, but she headed him off with one of her Sunday-best smiles.

    In a Little Town | Rupert Hughes
  • Sunday-best is a different matter, and in this the other gaffer was clothed.

  • It is needless to say, I was dressed in my Sunday-best the next morning.

    The Seven-Branched Candlestick | Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel

Other Idioms and Phrases with Sunday best

Sunday best

One's finest clothes, as in They were all in their Sunday best for the photographer. This expression alludes to reserving one's best clothes for going to church; indeed, an older idiom is Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes (meeting here meaning “prayer meeting”). [Mid-1800s]

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