fancy dress


Definition of fancy dress

: a costume (as for a masquerade) chosen to suit the wearer's fancy

Examples of fancy dress in a Sentence

Everyone wore fancy dress for the ball.

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TankLimo is two British Army armored personnel carriers welded into a single, lumbering beast of a vehicle, capable of taking five teenage couples to their fancy dress party in relative (for an ex-army vehicle, anyway) comfort. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Take a Ride in This Tank Limo for Just $2,000 a Day," 30 July 2019 But, a quince isn’t just about the flashy party, the decadent cakes and fancy dress. Thalia Juarez,, "A glimpse into a centuries-old tradition celebrated in Baltimore's Latino communities," 10 June 2019 What’s better than a red carpet moment in a fancy dress? Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Naomi Scott Won the Red Carpet in a Bubblegum Pink Brandon Maxwell Gown," 22 May 2019 Sneakers and fancy dresses aren't usually the most obvious pairing, especially during the holidays when party dress codes can be stricter than usual. Rajni Lucienne Jacques, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Away With Wearing Sneakers to All Your Holiday Parties," 17 Dec. 2018 Street style can oftentimes feel formulaic: fancy dress with sneakers, pajama-like sets with heels, sleek suiting with slick boots... Ana Colon, Glamour, "Let This One Perfect Outfit Convince You to Buy a Tulle Skirt for Fall 2018," 10 Sep. 2018 Speaking of movies with royalty and fancy dresses, here’s the trailer for a film that looks very weird in a very different way. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: House of Cards, Halloween, and more," 8 Sep. 2018 Is this a normal way for younger brothers to react to seeing their sisters in fancy dresses and a lot of makeup? Morgan Baila,, "Is The Kissing Booth The Best Teen Movie Of Our Time?," 22 June 2018 Player development is one thing; away from the pitch, sevens has a culture of being one of the best fan experiences in sport, bringing its carnival atmosphere of fancy dress and all-day parties to all corners of the globe. George Ramsay, CNN, "Ireland learning to love rugby sevens after 'amazing' run," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of fancy dress

1770, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fancy dress

chiefly British : special clothes that you wear to a party where people are dressed to look like famous people, characters, etc.

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