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[verb uhn-der-dres; noun uhn-der-dres]
verb (used without object), un·der·dressed or un·der·drest, un·der·dress·ing.
  1. to clothe oneself less completely or formally than is usual or fitting for the circumstances.
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  1. garments worn beneath others; underclothes.
  2. a slip, petticoat, or other underskirt, especially one designed to be seen when worn, as beneath a redingote.
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Origin of underdress

First recorded in 1775–85; under- + dress
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Examples from the Web for underdress

Historical Examples of underdress

  • Underdress of jaconet muslin, trimmed with lace, or embroidery.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. II, No. X., March 1851


  • The underdress is smooth and white, that of the king alone being richly patterned.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • Over an underdress of flame-colored silk there were what Jim considered floating clouds of pale gray chiffon.

    The Ranch Girls in Europe

    Margaret Vandercook

  • From her shoulders fell a long full robe of purple byssus, over an underdress of white which readied the knee.


    Julian Hawthorne

  • Underdress and undersleeves, jaconet muslin, trimmed with lace or embroidery.