sun·​dress | \ ˈsən-ˌdres How to pronounce sundress (audio) \

Definition of sundress

: a dress with an abbreviated bodice usually exposing the shoulders, arms, and back

Examples of sundress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, Astolfi arrived at the salon at 6:30 a.m., dressed in a long black sundress and towering platform espadrilles with leopard-print straps. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The hair salon is now a place of anxiety. And clients can’t wait to return.," 2 July 2020 The fragrance itself is marketed as a light and airy floral, reminiscent of wearing a gauzy cotton sundresses in a field of daffodils, which is where Gerber shot the recent campaign alongside friends and fellow models Adut Akech and Meghan Roche. Megan Decker,, "Kaia Gerber Just Spilled How She Lightened Her Hair At Home," 18 Apr. 2020 And what better way to celebrate spring's arrival than with a new pair of sunglasses that will look great paired with today’s sweatpants and tomorrow’s sundresses? Stephanie Perry, Travel + Leisure, "The Ray-Bans Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and More Celebs Love Are on Sale Now," 22 Apr. 2020 Walton, hair pulled back, is wearing an oversized leather jacket, and Campbell an apricot sundress, blonde hair taken by the cool, dusty breeze. Megan Decker,, "Coach’s Newest Campaign Models Share Their Off-Duty Beauty Routines," 18 Feb. 2020 In August, the star shared a happy snap of herself and Rani wearing matching sundresses, captioning the post with a simple sunflower emoji. Helen Murphy,, "'Me and My Boys!' Kate Hudson Takes Sons Ryder and Bing to a Basketball Game with Danny Fujikawa," 23 Oct. 2019 Clemens’s work often pays subtle homage to street retail, with its gold chains pinned in lines on red velveteen cushions and sundresses on headless Styrofoam mannequins. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020 The minute that the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo ends, Bayou City’s chicest residents will replace their denim and cowboy boots with sundresses and strappy sandals. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Houston Chronicle co-hosts Neiman Marcus spring fashion cocktail party in the Galleria," 2 Mar. 2020 Thanks to its lightweight, laidback design, Tretorn's Nyliteplus sneakers can be paired with everything from denim shorts to skinny jeans and cropped trousers to sundresses and trendy skirts. Kelsey Mulvey, Marie Claire, "I'm Obsessed With These Tretorn Sneakers—And They're Finally On Sale," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sundress

1875, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jul 2020

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“Sundress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sundress

: a dress that is worn in warm weather and that does not cover the arms, shoulders, or neck

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