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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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fancy dress was in 1770

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“Fancy dress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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