house·​dress ˈhau̇s-ˌdres How to pronounce housedress (audio)
: a dress with simple lines that is suitable for housework and is made usually of a washable fabric

Examples of housedress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes it’s called a housedress. Rachel King, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2020 My answer: the housedress. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 9 June 2020 Spring/Summer 2023 collection was sunny, optimistic, and breezy—no doubt lead by its hero piece, the signature nightgown, a misnomer for the flowy, bohemian housedress that put the brand on the map. Lauren Caruso, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Aug. 2022 The sight of Carrie Bradshaw in a pink Batsheva housedress, babushka-style headscarf, and elbow-length latex gloves, with her trademark cigarette in hand. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 20 Jan. 2022 Some of my reading says the dress isn’t quite as radical as Em in our show would suggest — that this style of housedress was typical for women of her time, just for housework and chores and such. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 24 Dec. 2021 Mom did her best to remain ladylike in a cotton housedress. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021 The cool water, slipping through my fingers, fascinated me almost as much as the scent of Woolite that wafted from her faded pink and green housedress. Washington Post, 1 May 2021 Unlike the original housedress, which was designed to #work, the modern Western interpretation of the caftan was designed for leisure. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, 19 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of housedress was in 1893

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“Housedress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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house·​dress ˈhau̇s-ˌdres How to pronounce housedress (audio)
: a dress that is suitable for housework

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