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underdress

[ 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.


noun

  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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Word History and Origins

Origin of underdress1

First recorded in 1775–85; under- + dress

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Example Sentences

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

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

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

Bodice and underdress of sky-blue velveteen, trimmed with bouffants and noeuds of bell-pulls.

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

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