dress rehearsal


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

Examples of dress rehearsal in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dress rehearsal was in 1828

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“Dress rehearsal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dress%20rehearsal. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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dress rehearsal

: a rehearsal of a play in costume and with stage properties shortly before the first performance

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