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


gravy, sauce

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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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The bowls are refreshing and a little spicy, and come with a ginger-soy dressing that adds both sweetness and salt. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Vegan 'poke' bowls with mango and beets," 12 July 2018 Sweet mangoes, roasted chicken and a tangy dressing provide contrasting flavors. Linda Gassenheimer, sacbee, "Making a chicken mango salad? Soon you will get the tang of it," 10 July 2018 Bacon, arugula and tomatoes in a lemony dressing, bolstered with bacon fat, top and sauce the fish. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 On the one hand, the chicken nalu bowl ($8) is downright virtuous, a mix of rice and chicken in tahini-yogurt dressing, with onion, red bell pepper and carrot, plus fried chickpeas, a crunchy highlight. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 Instead of or in conjunction with vinegar, citrus juice can also serve as the acid in a dressing. Becky Krystal, chicagotribune.com, "How to leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette," 29 June 2018 The bracing ceviches for which Zarate is rightly famous are in full force, too: pristine scallop and sea urchin floating in leche de tigre with fried garlic, or delicate Ensenada sea bass in a yuzu-walnut dressing. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 The lunches were usually salads or bowls full of vegetables with a dressing-like sauce on them. Johnny Miller, Allure, "The Great-Hair Diet: What to Eat for Stronger, Healthier Hair," 30 May 2018 Opt for the surf tacos: kale tossed in ginger dressing and served folded in naan with garlic bean spread, avocado, and grape tomatoes. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Carissa Moore's Guide to Honolulu's Best Food," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of dressing

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

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Phrases Related to dressing

house (salad) dressing

salad dressing

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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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alleviating pain or harshness

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