house·​dress | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌdres How to pronounce housedress (audio) \

Definition of housedress

: 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 She’s wearing a white housedress intended only for indoors. Washington Post, "This is the painting I’d take home, if I could," 9 Dec. 2020 Among them was a trio of Brazilian filmmakers who’ve shot in Vila, and Penha’s mother, Antonia, a very old white-haired woman who perched on the couch in a bright housedress. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, "For the Olympics, poor communities in host cities are regularly displaced. For the Rio 2016 games, one village’s resistance sparked a global question: Should they be abolished?," 6 July 2020 In the latest installment, Ms. Moulton, wearing a wig and a frowzy housedress, continues her journey through the world of New Age products and theories. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 11 July 2018 She had been strangled with her housedress; $16,000 in jewelry was missing. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Reasonable Doubt’ Review: Lives on the Line," 14 June 2018 Even if that means settling into a look that calls to mind a militarized version of 1950s womanhood, one that favors tightly belted coat dresses instead of housedresses, with the passive-aggressive role playing that implies. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "100 Days of Trump Style," 29 Apr. 2017 Messenger, fearsome in socks, sneakers and a worn housedress that doesn’t quite cover a sad slip, effectively demonstrates both seductive and sadistic sides to Annie. Joanne Ostrow, The Know, "Review: “Misery” at The Edge offers uneasy laughs in all the right places. Yes, laughs.," 2 May 2017 The door to her apartment opened, and there stood this elderly woman in a housedress and rubber-thonged flip-flops. Julie Miller,, "Fact-Checking Feud: Inside Joan Crawford’s Sad Final Years," 23 Apr. 2017 The door to her apartment opened, and there stood this elderly woman in a housedress and rubber-thonged flip-flops.,, "Fact-Checking Feud: Inside Joan Crawford’s Sad Final Years," 23 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of housedress

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Housedress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of housedress

chiefly US : an informal dress that is usually worn only while cleaning or doing other housework

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