fancy dress

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Girls with long hair and fancy dresses, their arms draped around one another’s shoulders, smiling wide. New York Times, "A Campaign Milestone: ‘I Was Drugged and Raped,’ Heard in a Candidate’s Ad," 21 May 2020 But, a quince isn’t just about the flashy party, the decadent cakes and fancy dress. Thalia Juarez, Washington Post, "A glimpse into a tradition celebrated in Latino communities," 15 June 2019 Her grandmother used to make fancy dresses and clothing, her grandpa did sketches,and her mother is a quilter. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A New Berlin artist made a 'Star Wars' bear to honor the late 14-year-old founder of Kaden's Wish," 15 Nov. 2019 Florence Pugh as Amy Amy is often seen as the bratty sister who likes wearing the fancy dresses and gobbling up all the sweets. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Little Women posters with Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep assemble generations of all-stars," 29 Oct. 2019 But, a quince isn’t just about the flashy party, the decadent cakes and fancy dress. Thalia Juarez, Washington Post, "A glimpse into a tradition celebrated in Latino communities," 15 June 2019 The caftans gave way to fancier dresses, like a stunning embroidered moire gown in a peacock hue. Washington Post, "Dominican vibes and a youthful feel at Oscar de la Renta," 11 Sep. 2019 Ishikawa is often seen photographed wearing fancy dresses and flowing skirts paired with sneakers—a way to rebel against society’s rules. Vivian Rachelle, Quartz, "Japan’s #KuToo movement is fighting back against regressive dress codes for women," 29 Aug. 2019 In the United Kingdom, fancy dress means wearing a costume. CNN, "Passenger dressed as a clown causes mass brawl on cruise ship, witnesses say," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of fancy dress

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“Fancy dress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fancy%20dress. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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fancy dress

noun

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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