dress Definition

  • 1a one-piece garment for a woman or girl that covers the body and extends down over the legs
  • 2clothing of a particular style or for a particular occasion
  • 3to put on clothes, especially a particular type of clothing

Using dress: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dress" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She wore a beautiful dress to the party.

  • Example

    I need to dress formally for the interview.

  • Example

    He dressed himself in a suit and tie.

  • Example

    The actress was dressed in a stunning gown for the awards ceremony.

dress Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for dress

Idioms Using dress

  • dress to kill

    to wear very fashionable or attractive clothes with the intention of making a strong impression


    She always dresses to kill when she goes out to parties.

  • to be fully prepared for something that does not happen


    I spent hours getting ready for the date, but he never showed up. I was all dressed up and nowhere to go.

  • to wear less formal or more casual clothes than usual


    On Fridays, we can dress down at work and wear jeans and t-shirts.

Phrases with dress

  • a simple black dress that is versatile and suitable for various occasions


    Every woman should have a little black dress in her wardrobe.

  • a set of rules specifying the required manner of dress at a school, office, or other institution


    The dress code for the wedding is formal attire.

  • a full-scale rehearsal where the performers are in costume and all technical aspects are tested


    The cast had a dress rehearsal the night before the opening show.

Origins of dress

from Middle English 'dresse', meaning 'to arrange, prepare'


Summary: dress in Brief

The term 'dress' [dres] refers to a one-piece garment for women or girls, or clothing of a particular style or occasion. It can also mean to put on clothes, especially a particular type. Examples include 'She wore a beautiful dress to the party.' and 'He dressed himself in a suit and tie.' Phrases like 'little black dress' and idioms like 'dress to kill' add nuance to the term.

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