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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Upstairs, the master has cathedral ceilings, a dressing room, and a private bath with walk-in shower, soaking tub, radiant-heat floors, and grand arched window. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, "For sale: Homes with treehouses," 5 July 2019 The actress, Sylvia Pilar, has been locked out of her dressing room. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, "Into Their 60s and ‘Into the Woods’," 5 July 2019 The master suite, one of eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, features its own wing on the main level with dual walk-in closets, a lounge and dressing room. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham sells Brentwood compound for $28 million," 2 July 2019 Iseman said, adding that the lights also flickered on and off in her dressing room during filming. Dano Nissen, chicagotribune.com, "Ghost stories don’t scare 'Annabelle’s’ Patrick Wilson," 2 July 2019 After going into a dressing room, Carroll claimed, Trump forced himself on her. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "E. Jean Carroll's book is out. What to know about her allegation of sexual assault by Donald Trump," 2 July 2019 Actually, in her case, a master closet, along with a separate dressing room and area for her handbags. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "How Closet Designer Lisa Adams Dreams Up Celebrity-Worthy Spaces," 1 July 2019 In 2014, he was sentenced to nine months in jail for taking pictures of women in retail-store dressing rooms, ABC 6 reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio man accused of taking photos of naked woman in college locker room," 26 June 2019 In back near the dressing rooms sits a large storage area with an old walk-in cooler from the days when the Peppers nightclub was there. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A new theater in Broad Ripple is now open, and its first show will be in September," 26 June 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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