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 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, "Vietnam vet who died after botched 911 response to receive military salute," 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, "Shakira? J. Lo? This Halftime Show Had Snakes and Indiana Jones," 30 Jan. 2020 Above my head, full dress-grey overcast lifts to blues and Bob Ross happy clouds. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "My Own Private Decade From Hell," 30 Dec. 2019 Active-duty service members routinely wear their full dress uniforms to testify on Capitol Hill. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Vindman’s dress uniform in impeachment inquiry reveals tug of war using troops as political totems, experts say," 19 Nov. 2019 Two older women in full dress and makeup gaze back at Maier’s lens. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Exclusive look at new photographs by Vivian Maier: U. of C. gets thousands of never-before-seen-prints made by famed photographer," 22 Aug. 2019 Nearby were Star Wars characters in full dress for photos. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland, "More than 2,000 people brought the kids to Boo By the Woods at the Avon Lake Public Library," 21 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Full-dress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-dress. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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