dress rehearsal

noun

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 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 The real stakes are in what might be a dress rehearsal for voter-suppression efforts in the general election: a state Supreme Court contest whose winner could cast a pivotal vote in future cases about the state’s elections. David M. Shribman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shribman: Once a great laboratory, Wisconsin is now a haven for the politics of resentment and revenge," 16 Apr. 2020 There was enough negative from a first half that head coach Freddie Kitchens surprisingly treated like the dress rehearsal game, something no one was sure would happen. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Browns starting defensive line delivers against Buccaneers: Dan Labbe’s instant observations," 23 Aug. 2019 For more on Reba and the 2019 CMAs, check out Billboard's behind-the-scenes report from the show's dress rehearsal. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Reba McEntire Delivers Show-Stopping 'Fancy' Performance at the 2019 CMA Awards," 13 Nov. 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 25 May. 2020.

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dress rehearsal

noun

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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