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 The better solution: An elegant, open-bow vessel resembling a classic cruiser that, underneath the fancy dress, is a functional day boat. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2022 In the new set of episodes, Diana has swapped the lavish fancy dress parties and aristocratic artistic pursuits that previously led to a tabloid feeding frenzy (and the Bright Young Things moniker) for something sinister. Emma Fraser, Town & Country, 11 June 2022 All this means that the demand for bunting, tablecloths, fancy dress and food will create a peak opportunity for the nation’s retailers. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 26 May 2022 There is no time to find out, as the movie skips ahead to touching on other fascinating subjects, like the Mardi Gras Indians and their mix of colorful, fancy dress and battle-ready fierceness. Chris Willman, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 The Saudi capital Riyadh hosted a public fancy dress event over the weekend as part of the Riyadh Season festival, with young men and women donning their favorite anime characters' outfits in Riyadh City Boulevard, an entertainment hub. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 21 Mar. 2022 The HerDress experience is more than posing for the camera in a fancy dress. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 5 Jan. 2022 To give his men something to look forward to, and a connection to the outside world, celebrations like Christmas were marked with exuberant parties and fancy dress. Alex Lazarow, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Ishmat thinks Fred wants a fancy dress but Fred longs to wear a powder-blue tuxedo. Amy Amatangelo, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

19 Sep 2022

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“Fancy dress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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