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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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  • There he put himself in evening-dress, and drove back again to the house.

  • He threw off his hat and overcoat, thereby showing that he was still in his evening-dress.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • Open came the doors at his command, and revealed to those who could see outside, a double rank of evening-dress bandits.

  • Only my saddle-bag, and I have no evening-dress with me, else I should be glad.

    The Trespasser, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • And then mother fretted a little that I had no evening-dress ready.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • To think that it is eighteen months since I wore an evening-dress!

    The Daughters of a Genius Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Peveril was also in evening-dress, for he had conceived a vague idea of going to some theatre, or possibly to the opera.

    The Copper Princess Kirk Munroe
  • He always looked distinguished and well-born in evening-dress.

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • Again the bell rang, and in the library door he saw Mary Burton, radiant in evening-dress, and the ermine of a long opera-cloak.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
  • It was the figure of a woman in evening-dress, or rather, I should say, of the woman in evening-dress.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
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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