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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In 2009, the college updated its dress code, in part to address a handful of students who were wearing women’s clothing on campus. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "Morehouse College to admit transgender men starting in 2020," 14 Apr. 2019 At the bell-ringing ceremony, the NYSE suspended its strict dress code in honor of Levi returning to the public market. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Levi CFO Returns to NYSE to Float Another Family-Owned American Icon," 21 Mar. 2019 Sunglasses must have been part of the dress code at Charlie van Straubenzee's society wedding to Daisy Jenks today in Surrey. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Channels Her Late Aunt Princess Diana in Statement Shades," 4 Aug. 2018 The night’s honoree, Nick Cave, took the dress code seriously. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Brooklyn Artists Ball Was a Frida Kahlo–Inspired Fiesta," 17 Apr. 2019 No child has been expelled for violating the dress code since the school opened in 2000, Howard said in a decision filed on Thursday. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "US judge: School’s rule for girls to wear skirts breaks law," 29 Mar. 2019 So are the hundreds of people — dressed in gowns, tuxes, evening suits, and sparkly tops — who also obliged the dress code. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 Because of this, Veronica kept the dress code very strict. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Where You Can Buy All The Gorgeous Dresses From This Week's "Riverdale" Episode," 26 Oct. 2018 At this point, we are well versed in the fascinators that sit on women's heads at these events but Cara opted to break this royal dress code and put on a black top hat instead. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Wore a Tuxedo to Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 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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