attired in clothing that is of good quality, is properly fitted, and is appropriate and becoming.

Origin of well-dressed

First recorded in 1570–80
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Contemporary Examples of well-dressed

Historical Examples of well-dressed

  • She was well-dressed, with a different air from the women he knew.

  • That's why you are become so well-dressed, Horatio; I wondered how you came to spruce up so!

  • There isn't a lovelier sight on God's earth than a well-dressed Englishwoman.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • The people at the wayside stations are all well-dressed and well-shod.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Some well-dressed men were standing talking in one of the porches.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for well-dressed


adjective (well dressed when postpositive)

neatly, expensively, or fashionably attired
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