dress code


: formally or socially imposed standards of dress

Examples of dress code in a Sentence

The school imposed a new dress code that forbids students from wearing jeans.
Recent Examples on the Web The dress code here is casual, like the atmosphere, and the music has a welcome rock ‘n’ roll slant. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 In a July report by the ACLU, the organization found the Nampa and Caldwell school districts had dress code policies that violated students’ civil liberties, in the name of targeting gang clothing. Rachel Spacek, Idaho Statesman, 25 Jan. 2024 There was only one possible venue for the after-party of the series world premiere for Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Capote vs. the Swans, and there was also only one dress code that would do: The Plaza Hotel, and black and white, respectively. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 24 Jan. 2024 There's no dress code at Enchanted Rose, and menu items average around $20. Terri Peters, Chron, 16 Dec. 2023 On December 5, a school administrator said Daryl George violated the dress code policy for the same reason—his natural hairstyle, according to NPR. Melissa Noel, Essence, 12 Dec. 2023 The French president and his wife, First Lady Birgitte Macron, joined the Swedish royals for the diplomatic dinner at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, which called for a white-tie dress code, including tiaras. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 According to the arrest records, one of the men, identified as Munro, was not dressed in accordance with the restaurant's dress code. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 29 Jan. 2024 On Friday, the two threw a welcome boat party with an all-white dress code. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dress code was in 1961

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“Dress code.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dress%20code. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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