full-dress

1 of 2

adjective

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

full dress

2 of 2

noun

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

Example Sentences

Noun The Army required full dress be worn to the event. The officers were in full dress.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Christopher Joll described exactly what goes into the fitting of these full dress uniforms—not to mention the other eight different orders of dress that each officer is required to own upon graduating from Sandhurst. Sarah Mower, Vogue, 18 Sep. 2022 It’s all built on a soft sub roll with a full dress of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, vinegar, oil and brown mustard to keep things from getting too stiff and formal. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Aug. 2022 Wearing an animal print two-piece with sparkles and feathers, the JLo Beauty founder worked her way through a full dress rehearsal for the show, reported La Repubblica. Giovana Gelhoren, PEOPLE.com, 30 July 2022 On Sunday, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, in full dress uniform, passed out small rainbow pride flags to spectators. Bobby Caina Calvan, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 On Sunday, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, in full dress uniform, passed out small rainbow pride flags to spectators. Bobby Caina Calvan, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2022 On Sunday, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, in full dress uniform, passed out small rainbow pride flags to spectators. Bobby Caina Calvan, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 On Sunday, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, in full dress uniform, passed out small rainbow pride flags to spectators. Bobby Caina Calvan, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2022 On Sunday, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, in full dress uniform, passed out small rainbow pride flags to spectators. Bobby Caina Calvan, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1761, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1748, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of full-dress was in 1748

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Cite this Entry

“Full-dress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-dress. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

full dress

noun

: the style of dress required on certain special occasions
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