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 This led to a political explosion in France and a dressing-down from Emmanuel Macron, France’s president. The Economist, "Drug innovation is back in fashion," 23 May 2020 Christian and store manager Bri Nichols have been monitoring the number of people coming in, wipe down the dressing rooms when people leave, and continue to follow methods to maintain a safe environment. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Humble area restaurants, retailers begin to cautiously reopen," 14 May 2020 To start, the surge in working from home may spur even more dressing-down in the workforce. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The subtle ways the coronavirus crisis may change how we dress," 25 Mar. 2020 When Archie interrupts to ask about songwriting, Josie gives him an epic dressing-down that combines her ambitious vision with exasperated disbelief. Kadeen Griffiths, Marie Claire, "Ashleigh Murray Is the Real McCoy," 5 Feb. 2020 Heckler’s Ball at Colony Club: Shouting things unprompted at a comedy show usually leads to a dressing-down from the onstage comic or a swift dismissal from the club. Washington Post, "12 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 2 Jan. 2020 Two weeks ago, Dickson delivered an unusually blunt dressing-down to Muilenburg in person. oregonlive, "Will new Boeing CEO bring the change company needs?," 24 Dec. 2019 Deep political connections that normally grease the airplane maker's way in Washington meant nothing on Tuesday, as its CEO endured a fearsome dressing-down on the anniversary of last year's Lion Air crash. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "What Boeing's humbling means for America," 30 Oct. 2019 Diop was a solid midfielder and a dominant presence in the changing rooms, and the Wardrobe had no fears in giving his teammates a severe dressing-down. SI.com, "Footballers' Nicknames: 15 of the Weirdest & Most Wonderful Monikers in the Beautiful Game," 14 Aug. 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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30 May 2020

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“Dressing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressing. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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