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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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 That is how Julie Ann Giacobassi, an English horn player, wound up revolutionizing the dress code of the San Francisco Symphony in the 1980s. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants.," 14 June 2018 Unlike the senators, Maile (and all other future babies to come on the Senate floor) won’t have to worry about a dress code. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "This Is the Moment Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Her Baby Made History on the Senate Floor," 19 Apr. 2018 Continuing the new Duchess dress code, Kate arrived for her latest appearance on Tuesday morning at Lavendar Primary School in Enfield, London, in what might be her brightest look to date. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Took on the Neon Trend For Her Latest Royal Appearance in London," 5 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of dress code

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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