Definition of full-dress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: involving attention to every detail in preparation or execution a full-dress rehearsal a full-dress investigation

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Definition of full dress (Entry 2 of 2)

: the style of dress prescribed for ceremonial or formal social occasions

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Examples of full-dress in a Sentence


The Army required full dress be worn to the event. The officers were in full dress.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are also far better ways to honor American troops than by forcing them to wear a full dress uniform in the Washington humidity and 90-degree heat on a federal holiday. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 Another chic way to bring some snakeskin into your style game is a full dress or skirt. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Shop the Snakeskin Print Trend We're Going All In On," 11 Jan. 2019 With Republican Guards standing motionless in full dress uniforms, the squad quickly broke into party mode for the official photos. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost," 17 July 2018 The full dress rehearsal would be a few hours later. Amy Wallace, GQ, "Kate McKinnon Is Comedy’s Not-So-Secret Weapon," 21 May 2018 Diane Hoover, of the Historical Society of Glastonbury, gave a presentation at the Glastonbury Senior Center on March 19, acting and in full dress as Smith, and told about 'her' life growing up in Glastonbury in the 1800s. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "'Julia Smith' Visits Seniors," 2 Apr. 2018 After the defense dominated Auburn's first spring scrimmage, how the offense responds today will be worth noting in the last full dress rehearsal before A-Day. Tom Green, AL.com, "Live Updates: Gus Malzahn discusses Auburn's 2nd spring scrimmage," 31 Mar. 2018 The only full dress rehearsal of the 2020 census, unfolding this month in Providence County, R.I., has been scaled back in some areas. Michael Wines And Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "At Least Twelve States to Sue Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question," 27 Mar. 2018 The full dress code policy was sent to parents about three months ago. Megan Friedman, Seventeen, "This High School Girl Was Kicked Out of Prom for Wearing a Tuxedo," 9 May 2016

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1761, in the meaning defined above


1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of full-dress was in 1748

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English Language Learners Definition of full-dress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: involving attention to every detail : very complete or full

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English Language Learners Definition of full dress (Entry 2 of 2)

: special clothes that are worn for a ceremony or for important social occasions

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