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

Noun The Army required full dress be worn to the event. The officers were in full dress.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then the photographs, so many photographs: Leroy in a tux, Leroy in camo, Leroy in full dress uniform, Leroy holding his newborn daughter Aalexis, his big body curled over her tiny, swaddled form. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 The Tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, everyday of the year, by volunteer members of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), in full dress uniform carrying M-14 rifles. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 16 June 2021 But Mbatha reveled watching the full dress ensemble on the screen. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2021 Standing in the main area of the narcotics division, where McCarthy worked, was a female sergeant in full dress uniform with blonde hair and green eyes — just like her own. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, 11 Sep. 2020 The honor guard fires the three-shot rifle volley salute, fold and present the flag, and play Taps, the only local Honor Guard that conducts the ceremony in full dress military uniforms. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, 25 May 2020 In a full dress rehearsal the day before, the flares worn by sky divers singed the field. Kevin Draper, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2020 Above my head, full dress-grey overcast lifts to blues and Bob Ross happy clouds. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, 30 Dec. 2019 Active-duty service members routinely wear their full dress uniforms to testify on Capitol Hill. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of full-dress


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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“Full-dress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-dress. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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