dress code

noun

Definition of 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.

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Private clubs and resorts are generally known for their exclusivity and strict dress codes—and sometimes for their design. Kate Betts, ELLE Decor, "A Tour of the Impeccably-Designed Silo Ridge Private Club," 14 Oct. 2018 The midtown uniform appears to have taken hold post-2008, when many financial firms loosened their once-strict suit-and-tie dress code. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Fleece Vest Became the New Corporate Uniform," 24 July 2018 The next year, even the notoriously formal British Parliament dropped ties from its male dress code. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "Citing health study, Lancaster mayor wants to ban workplace necktie requirements for city employees," 12 July 2018 That’s probably because, despite its elevated dress code, the Soirée des Collections closing cocktail party, hosted by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, is officially, paradoxically, the most laid-back gathering of the week. Vogue, "Inside the 150th Anniversary of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture," 5 July 2018 Our dress code is a selection of keeping people in our establishment safe. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Black Actor Says He Was Kicked Out of Restaurant Because of Hoodie, White Customer in Similar Dress Was Allowed to Stay," 27 June 2018 The orchestra — the oldest in the United States, with its 176th season wrapping up — has quietly been talking about modernizing its dress code. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants.," 14 June 2018 Bella had already picked out her dream wedding dress — a gown from Marchesa — and decided on a black-tie dress code for the big day. Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com, "John Cena and Nikki Bella Were Planning a TV Special About Their Wedding — What Happens Now?," 16 Apr. 2018 Recently woman athletes of all levels have been fighting back against sexists dress code policies. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "A College Student Ended Her School’s Sexist Sports-Bra Ban With a Brilliant Essay," 13 Nov. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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dress code

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dress code

: a set of rules about what clothing may and may not be worn at a school, office, restaurant, etc.

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