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 Cora asks to relieve herself and makes a joke about ruining the fancy dress, a middle finger to Ridgeway. Steffan Triplett, Vulture, 16 May 2021 More than a fancy dress party, the benefit evening generates the majority of the Costume Institute’s funding. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2021 Then suddenly, what was naked became fancy dress in Cannes, in 1998. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 12 Jan. 2021 Then again, maybe the key to saving his future is standing right next to him in a very fancy dress...? Andrea Park, Marie Claire, 12 Jan. 2021 Of course, some people never gave up on fancy dress in the first place. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2020 Whether styled over your favourite fancy dress, or worn extra-long and solo, this is a sweater that’s going interesting places, but also works brilliantly for that WFH life. Truc Nguyen,, 24 Aug. 2020 Girls with long hair and fancy dresses, their arms draped around one another’s shoulders, smiling wide. New York Times, 21 May 2020 But, a quince isn’t just about the flashy party, the decadent cakes and fancy dress. Thalia Juarez, Washington Post, 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of fancy dress

1770, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fancy dress was in 1770

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15 Jun 2021

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“Fancy dress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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