Simple Definition of window dressing
: the act of decorating and arranging products to display in a store window
: something that is intended to make a person or thing seem better or more attractive but that does not have any real importance or effect
Full Definition of window dressing
1 : the display of merchandise in a retail store window
2 a : the act or an instance of making something appear deceptively attractive or favorable b : something used to create a deceptively favorable or attractive impression
window–dressplay \ˈwin-dō-ˌdres\ transitive verb
Examples of window dressing in a sentence
These changes are being made for a good reason. They're not just window dressing.
<the crime-does-not-pay moralizing is just window dressing for nasty hard-boiled stories>
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