evening dress

noun
formal or semiformal attire for evening wear.
Also called evening clothes.
Compare morning dress.


Origin:
1790–1800

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evening dress
 
n
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

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Example sentences
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.
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