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dress rehearsal

noun
1.
a rehearsal of a play or other performance in costume and with scenery, properties, and lights arranged and operated as for a performance: often the final rehearsal.
Origin of dress rehearsal
1820-1830
1820-30
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  • A dress rehearsal was held, and the family rejoiced over Ingred's most decidedly Wild West appearance.

    A Popular Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • Finally, two days before the great solemnity, there was a dress rehearsal.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • She was secretly delighted to be furnished with an excuse for seeing the dress rehearsal.

    Betty Wales Senior Margaret Warde
  • The operetta was to be sung in the Sanford Theatre, where the dress rehearsal had been held.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • In schools, an audience at the dress rehearsal is usually a help to the amateur performers.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
British Dictionary definitions for dress rehearsal

dress rehearsal

noun
1.
the last complete rehearsal of a play or other work, using costumes, scenery, lighting, etc, as for the first night
2.
any full-scale practice
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