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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Examples of dressing in a Sentence

We had turkey with dressing and potatoes for dinner. The nurse cleaned the cut and applied a dressing.
Recent Examples on the Web While the pineapple cools off a bit, mix up the dressing. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, "Honestly Delicious Breakfast Salads for a Healthy Start to Your Day," 16 Sep. 2020 Slice the lamb, mix it with mint, pomegranate seeds, and the dressing, and set it out with lettuce and warm pita breads. Sunset Magazine, "21 Recipes You Should Be Cooking This September," 1 Sep. 2020 Make ahead: The mayonnaise dressing can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container. Washington Post, "Maine-Style Lobster Rolls," 19 Aug. 2020 There was plenty of ricotta (something with which other pizzerias have too light a hand), but the dressing, spinach and tomato slices couldn’t give the pizza enough flavor pop. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Goomba’s Pizzeria restaurant in San Antonio still delivers classic New York-style pizza," 7 Aug. 2020 This pesto can be tossed with pasta; spread on toast; spooned on chicken, seafood, or pork; or thinned with a bit of extra lemon juice and water for an easy salad dressing. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chickpea Pesto," 28 May 2020 Set aside at room temperature to let the salad absorb the dressing. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "How to make the most of potatoes," 16 May 2020 Similarly, if a salad is on the lunch menu, put ingredients like chopped tomatoes, broccoli, chickpeas, shredded cheese and pasta in prep bowls and leave the dressing within reach in the refrigerator. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "6 ways to make healthy, simple kids' lunches in an unusual school year," 3 Sep. 2020 Mixed with Spud Point’s take on Louie dressing, the fresh seafood is sweet and delicate in flavor. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "11 San Francisco and Bay Area restaurants offering prime picnic options," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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21 Sep 2020

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“Dressing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressing. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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