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.
Recent Examples on the Web Lots of questions circulating about the dress code. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021 The relaxation of the modern workplace dress code can be traced back to Hawaii in the 1960s. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, 4 June 2021 And who cares about the monochrome dress code, really? Tomris Laffly, Vulture, 4 June 2021 The issue also goes beyond the dress code, O'Keefe said. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, 25 May 2021 This is not the first time Bartram Trail High, a public school of about 2,500 students, has had an issue with dress code. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 25 May 2021 Fabre says she was told that Riley was dressed in accordance with the dress code. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 24 May 2021 The school’s yearbook coordinator, who is a teacher, decided that the photos were out of dress code and did some of the editing, said Christina Langston, school district spokeswoman. orlandosentinel.com, 23 May 2021 The canvas boat shoes with vulcanized rubber outsoles became part of the casual dress code for skateboarders, surfers, snowboarders and those dreaming of the beach lifestyle. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of dress code

1961, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2021

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“Dress code.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dress%20code. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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