dress code


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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Wimbledon, the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the tennis world, has imposed some version of an all-white dress code for players since 1963. Samuel Hine, GQ, "Rebel Streetwear Brand Palace Has Crashed Wimbledon," 3 July 2018 This is part of a strict formal dress code that all men must wear tuxedos and all women must wear high heels. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kristen Stewart Is Not Here For Sexist Rules About Shoes," 18 May 2018 Several people in Fort Worth claimed that selective enforcement of a dress code by the Varsity Tavern's bouncers amounted to racial discrimination. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Bar with eyes on Tempe accused of racial discrimination at Texas location," 4 May 2018 School officials reportedly said her floor-length gown was too revealing and in violation of the dress code. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Seriously Though, THIS Gorgeous Prom Dress Was Considered Too Revealing?!," 29 Apr. 2015 The invitations to 600 guests described the high church dress code thusly: For men, military uniforms, morning coats or lounge suits, otherwise known as business suits in not-wacky colors. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "Royal wedding: The invitation says 'day dress with hat.' Here are hats from other royal nuptials," 16 May 2018 Principal Eric Haley said in a statement through the Archdiocese of Detroit that the ponchos were not intended to make students feel uncomfortable, but were instead being used to remind them of the school’s dress code. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Michigan Catholic School Revokes 'Modesty Poncho' Prom Plan for Female Students," 1 May 2018 This is a place for collegiality, the dress code suggested. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Deal or No Deal: The Shadow Over Sun Valley," 13 July 2018 Some schools have a more casual dress code for their homecoming dances, where jean shorts and a cute top will suffice, while others require a dress or suit for the occassion. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Homecoming?," 9 July 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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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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