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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 That means fancy dresses, limos, corsages, and all-night dance parties with your best friends. Teen Vogue, "The History of Prom Is Racist and Sexist," 9 May 2018 The day of the event, which this year is May 5, is a festive party of large hats, fancy dress, mint juleps, and auctions. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Ron's Run Fights Pancreatic Cancer With Kentucky Derby Party," 1 May 2018 Partaking in the fancy dress were Italian luminaries from the fields of design, art, and commerce—Yoox founder Federico Marchetti, Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari, Barnaba Fornasetti, Stefano Seletti, and Beatrice and Gaia Trussardi. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Yoox, Toiletpaper, and Wallpaper* Host a Garage-Cowboy Disco to Close Out Salone del Mobile," 20 Apr. 2018 Little girls in fancy dresses with royal aspirations descended on Griswold Elementary School on March 17 for the fourth annual Princess Party, hosted by Quinebaug River Church. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Little Girls Party Like Princesses," 28 Mar. 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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