dress·​ing | \ˈdre-siŋ \

Definition of dressing 

1a : the act or process of one who dresses

b : an instance of such act or process

2a : a sauce for adding to a dish (such as a salad)

b : a seasoned mixture usually used as a stuffing (as for poultry)

3a : material (such as ointment or gauze) applied to cover a lesion or wound

b : fertilizing material (such as manure or compost)

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Synonyms for dressing


cataplasm, plaster, poultice

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Examples of dressing in a Sentence

We had turkey with dressing and potatoes for dinner. The nurse cleaned the cut and applied a dressing.

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After the vines develop runners and the first flowers appear, follow up with a side dressing of compost, aged manure, or fertilizer. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 The company, best known for their burritos and bowls, announced the new options last week that will include Tex-Mex staples like quesadillas, nachos, an avocado tostada and a fresh salad with avocado-citrus dressing. Fox News, "Chipotle adds milkshakes, nachos to the menu," 24 June 2018 The food—salad garnished with buttermilk dressing; bacon and potato; catfish sausage with fermented lemon—practically gleamed on the tableware, and tasted both Southern and progressive. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Toss the frisee or chicory with the dressing in a mixing bowl until evenly coated, then divide the salad among individual plates. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Eggs in a hole, French edition," 12 June 2018 Cut the cooled potatoes into chunks, then add to the mayonnaise bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Smoked Garlic Potato Salad," 6 June 2018 Drizzle goat cheese, walnuts and kumquats with remaining dressing. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Recipes: Summer salads from Arizona chef show it's a great time to eat healthy," 5 June 2018 Lots of flavors going on with the Italian dressing. DAVIS' CHOICE Build your own burger - 1/3 pound burger, pepper jack cheese, avocado, green peppers, lettuce, raw onions, tomato and salsa on a brioche bun. cleveland.com, "Check Please Cafe, where you can choose your burger or meal using simple checkmarks: Cleveland's Best Burger contest," 4 May 2018 Similarly, the prototypical green salad with ginger-carrot-apple dressing is here, sculpted with wide white strips of daikon rolled around the foliage, the absence of fish inciting the impulsive desire to just get on with the sushi. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Radio Anago is Brendan Sodikoff’s sushi cave under the deep dark sea . . .," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of dressing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of dressing

: a usually seasoned mixture of liquids that is added to a salad

: special material that is used to cover a wound

: the act or process of putting on clothes


dress·​ing | \ˈdre-siŋ \

Kids Definition of dressing

1 : a sauce put on a salad

2 : a seasoned mixture used as a stuffing turkey with dressing

3 : material (as ointment or gauze) used to cover an injury

4 : the act of putting on clothes


dress·​ing | \-iŋ \

Medical Definition of dressing 

: a covering (as of ointment or gauze) applied to a lesion

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