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evening dress

formal or semiformal attire for evening wear.
Also called evening clothes.
Compare morning dress.
Origin of evening dress
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for evening dress
  • On the ship, expect an evening dress code in the main dining room.
  • They were in evening dress, had been dining somewhere, and were going on to a music-hall.
  • For an evening dress, payments stretch to ten months, interest-free.
  • Formal entertainment is rare at the post and evening dress is not necessary.
  • evening dress always predominates on these occasions.
  • No one was allowed to attend in a dress suit or evening dress.
  • She came down into the moonlight, her rich evening dress over her arm, her face cool mid sweet.
British Dictionary definitions for evening dress

evening dress

attire for wearing at a formal occasion during the evening, esp (for men) a dinner jacket and black tie, or (less commonly, for women) a floor-length gown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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