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

Examples of dress rehearsal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, the stage is much smaller and so is the audience, but what plays out now could be a dress rehearsal for the greatest spectacle in racing. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "A dress rehearsal for the Indy 500? NHRA, Indy Eleven return with fans this weekend," 11 July 2020 Here are three stories about Friday’s mini-meet: -- Team Julian and Oregon Track Club Elite tangled in a popup meet Friday at Jesuit High School that organizers say was a dress rehearsal for bigger meets to come. oregonlive, "Portland Track pulls off its popup meet; hopefully the public can watch the next one live: Oregon track & field rundown," 6 July 2020 Businesses got a dress rehearsal last weekend for this year’s unconventional season, when the weather was nice and day visitors arrived in large numbers to check out the new island atmosphere. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Put-in-Bay vs. the pandemic: Island fun will look different this summer, with social distancing requirements, ban on live entertainment," 22 May 2020 After returning to operations with safety measures in place, the company completed a successful wet dress rehearsal on May 7. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Military space plane returns to pad, SLS engine costs soar," 8 May 2020 At the moment, some 200 classes are available, but the company adds another dozen or so every week, after vetting and viewing a dress rehearsal of each. David Pogue, New York Times, "I Spent a Weekend Bingeing Airbnb’s Virtual Experiences. Was it Worth It?," 4 May 2020 The James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2021, just aced a critical dress rehearsal. Popular Mechanics, "NASA's James Webb Telescope Spreads Its Reflective Wings for the First Time," 2 Apr. 2020 On Friday, the company completed a successful wet dress rehearsal and on Saturday morning conducted a Launch Readiness Review with the Federal Aviation Administration. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "It’s make or break for Astra today in the government’s launch challenge," 2 Mar. 2020 Hunt was taken to a local hospital following the dress rehearsal. Lesley Goldberg, Billboard, "'Rent' Live Will Go On -- With Taped Segments -- After Star's Injury," 27 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of dress rehearsal

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dress rehearsal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dress%20rehearsal. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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