dress rehearsal


Definition of dress rehearsal

1 : a full rehearsal (as of a play) in costume and with stage properties shortly before the first performance
2 : a practice exercise for something to come : dry run

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The Cardinals intend to use the day as a dress rehearsal of sorts for game days. Jose M. Romero, The Denver Post, "Cardinals’ Kyler Murray focused on playing well amid rookie hype," 1 Aug. 2019 The Crew Dragon, which had just returned from a successful dress rehearsal flight to the ISS, was totally destroyed in an explosion, while being prepped for an engine test. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "SpaceX found the problem that blew up its Crew Dragon spacecraft," 15 July 2019 On April 1 last year, the bureau conducted an end-to-end test, which is like a dress rehearsal for the 2020 Census. Rebecca Tippett, Vox, "The citizenship question is blocked for now. But demographers are still worried about the census.," 27 June 2019 What’s happening today in New York is a sneak preview: a dress rehearsal, for a handful of friends and family, on the iconic stage of Studio 8H, where the last great boy band of the aughts made its first and only appearance a decade ago. Jason Gay, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jonas Brothers: From Pop Stars to Rock Stars," 6 June 2019 The tender moments after Tuesday night’s 9-3, 10-inning victory against the Mets served as a dress rehearsal for September, when Bochy says his final goodbyes. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants pound Mets in 10th inning for Bruce Bochy’s 1,000th regular-season win," 4 June 2019 The final dress rehearsal confirms everything but the actual landing. Amber Jorgenson, Discover Magazine, "Apollo Milestones," 20 May 2019 Everything prior to this had been tested during the Apollo 10 dress rehearsal, when the lunar module descended to 15 kilometers of the Moon's surface. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Via the BBC, find out how Apollo 11’s Eagle actually landed," 23 June 2019 Because the last performance of a different ballet took place the night before, there was no time for a dress rehearsal. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "The Washington Ballet let Brooklyn Mack go. The popular dancer landed at the Metropolitan Opera House.," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of dress rehearsal

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dress rehearsal

: the final practice of a play that is done with all the costumes, scenery, etc., that will be used in the first real performance before an audience

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