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fancy dress

a costume for a ball, masquerade, etc., chosen to please the fancy, usually a costume characteristic of a particular period or place, class of persons, or historical or fictitious character.
Origin of fancy dress
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fancy dress
  • To prolong the flight some have turned to fancy dress.
  • Far too many literary adaptations wear the fancy dress of high culture prestige or bind themselves into corsets of reverence.
  • Each district of the city puts on its own events, including fancy dress parades, shows for children and live music.
  • Freddie was uncomfortable in her fancy dress, wishing she was wearing her usual old blue jeans.
  • The woven fabric imparts the essential character to the headband, which is a well made item of fancy dress.
  • Stage drivers became famous for their fancy dress and iron nerves.
  • The invitations for the fancy dress ball were issued this morning.
British Dictionary definitions for fancy dress

fancy dress

  1. costume worn at masquerades, etc, usually representing a particular role, historical figure, etc
  2. (as modifier): a fancy-dress ball
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