dressing

noun
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

Synonyms

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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To what extent the party’s makeover is just window dressing is an open question. Jo Becker, New York Times, "The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism," 10 Aug. 2019 Just about all the ingredients, from the pasta to the bread to the Italian dressing, are still made in house. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "West Colfax staple Dino’s Italian Food will serve its last lasagna Sept. 30," 3 Aug. 2019 Use them to flavor pork or chicken, to add some floral oomph to your dressing and to add sweetness to a fig tart. Emily Spicer, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: Oysters, fish and vampire mosquitoes," 26 June 2019 Trust us, these easy suits are the sister act to pajama dressing. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Honeymoon Packing List," 25 Jan. 2019 Rosen has an imaginative approach to dressings that employs everything from marmalade and miso to pumpkin seeds and watercress. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018 Honey is another possibility, one to consider if your dressing or salad ingredients are already very acidic. Becky Krystal, chicagotribune.com, "How to leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette," 29 June 2018 Even better with a sunken island of lobster meat tossed with a simple dressing of shallot, dijon, and lemon. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Chill, It’s Corn Soup," 27 July 2019 That was very shocking to me, because my friend had done the same thing, just with different window dressing. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Three Women makes true stories of women, sex, and desire read like a novel," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of dressing

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

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dressing

noun

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

dressing

noun
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

dressing

noun
dress·​ing | \ -iŋ How to pronounce dressing (audio) \

Medical Definition of dressing

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

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