dress·​ing | \ ˈdre-siŋ How to pronounce dressing (audio) \

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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Klopp is said to believe that such a situation could lead to plenty of problems in the dressing room. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Fearful of 'Dressing Room Revolt' if Liverpool Sign Ajax Wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt," 9 June 2019 In between Wednesday performances, De Shields sat in his red dressing room and spoke to Billboard about a heartfelt Hadestown moment, how The Wiz overcame poor notices and what winning the Tony would mean to him. Diane Snyder, Billboard, "Tony Nominee Spotlight: Andre De Shields Reflects on His 50 Year Career & Playing Hermes in 'Hadestown'," 8 June 2019 That eats up most of my time in the dressing room is going over my lines every day. Nigel Smith, PEOPLE.com, "Two-Time Tony Winner Laurie Metcalf Reveals Her Pre-Show Ritual: 'I Can't Stand Doing It'," 6 June 2019 Along with her words were a series of beautiful photos of her getting ready for her set in her dressing room, which seem to have been taken by Hemsworth (the photographer is also captured in one shot). Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Liam Hemsworth Is the Best Instagram Husband, and the Receipts Are Right Here," 1 June 2019 Plus, the perfect dressing room for trying on the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, or . . . Elise Taylor, Vogue, "You’ll Really, Really Want to Stay in the Spice Bus From Spice World—Now an Airbnb," 17 May 2019 Mix radicchio and frisee in bowl with a bit of dressing, place on plate and continue to garnish with figs, walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles & Mousse. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 During her eight years in the White House, Michelle Obama redefined and modernized the concept of First Lady dressing. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Just Won 2018 in These Sparkling Thigh-High Balenciaga Boots," 20 Dec. 2018 And the same goes for a lot of other condiments, including many salad dressings, hot sauces, jams, and fermented ingredients like soy or fish sauce. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Foods You’re Probably Refrigerating That You Actually Shouldn’t," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of dressing

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

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The first known use of dressing was in the 15th century

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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 How to pronounce dressing (audio) \

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


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Medical Definition of dressing

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

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