ball gown


: a long dress that is worn to large formal parties for dancing

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Recent Examples on the Web Styled by Roach, Zendaya wore a strapless all-black vintage Valentino ball gown with a corseted bodice, bow belt and pockets. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2023 Jessica Chastain shined in her pink, off-the-shoulder Zuhair Murad ball gown; Viola Davis brought a ray of sunshine to the red carpet in her Valentino column dress, also fitted off the shoulder. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2023

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“Ball gown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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