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dinner dress

a dress, often long and having sleeves or a jacket, more elaborate than one designed for daytime wear but less formal than an evening gown.
Origin of dinner dress
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • She glittered with diamonds—in a street-dress which might also have answered for a dinner-dress.

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • One for morning, and one for promenade, and a dinner-dress, and yet another.

    Averil Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Her whole capacity rarely rose beyond the effort to distinguish a ball-dress from a dinner-dress.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
  • When she put on her dinner-dress and faced him, Mart Haney was humbled to earth.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
  • She had no thought for the short rose-brocade train of her dinner-dress, and let it trail over the dirty floor.

    The Penalty Gouverneur Morris
  • She wore a dinner-dress with loose hanging sleeves, which were not becoming to her wasted frame.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume III (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • He was still in dinner-dress, but his cravat was partly awry, and his look excited and angry.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • His young wife had also retired to take off her dinner-dress, remarking that she would join him presently.

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