Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) clothing in general
    he always bought his clothes at the same store
    fastidious about his dress
  2. (noun, artifact) clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    battle dress
  3. (noun, artifact) a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
  4. (verb, body) arrange attractively
  5. (verb, body) dress or groom with elaborate care
  6. (verb, body) dress in a certain manner
    he dressed up in a suit and tie
  7. (verb, body) give a neat appearance to
    dress the horses
  8. (verb, body) put on clothes
    dress the patient
    Can the child dress by herself?
  9. (verb, body) provide with clothes or put clothes on
  10. (verb, body) apply a bandage or medication to
  11. (verb, change) convert into leather
  12. (verb, change) kill and prepare for market or consumption
  13. (verb, contact) cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
  14. (verb, contact) put a finish on
  15. (verb, contact) cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
  16. (verb, contact) put a dressing on
  17. (verb, contact) provide with decoration
  18. (verb, creation) decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
  19. (verb, motion) arrange in ranks
  20. (adj, all) (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes
    a full-dress ceremony
  21. (adj, all) suitable for formal occasions
    a full-dress uniform
    dress shoes

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Antonyms of Dress


Alternate forms of Dress

Derivations: dress, dresser, dressing, dressy

Hyponyms: activewear, ao dai, assume, athletic wear, attire, bandage, bob, bundle up, caftan, change, chemise, coat, coatdress, cocktail dress, corset, costume, cover, cross-dress, dandify, deck out, deck up, dirndl, disbud, disguise, don, dress, dress down, dress up, ecclesiastical attire, ecclesiastical robe, evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, false hair, fancy up, fig out, fig up, finery, formalwear, frock, get into, get up, getup, gown, gussy up, habit, hairpiece, jacket, jumper, kaftan, kirtle, morning dress, mother hubbard, muumuu, outfit, overclothe, overdress, pinafore, pinch, pinny, plaster, poll, pollard, polonaise, postiche, poultice, prim, prim out, prim up, prink, put on, riding habit, rig, rig out, robe, sack, saree, sari, shear, sheath, shift, shirt, shirtdress, shoe, sportswear, strapless, sundress, tog out, tog up, top, trick out, trick up, turnout, underdress, vest, vesture, wave, wear, workwear, wrap up

Hypernyms: adorn, apply, arrange, article of clothing, attire, beautify, care for, change, change state, clothing, convert, cook, deck out, deck up, decorate, dress, dress up, embellish, fancify, fancy up, fig out, fig up, finish, fix, get dressed, get up, grace, groom, gussy up, habiliment, make, neaten, ornament, overdress, pare, position, prepare, prettify, prink, put on, ready, rig out, set up, thin out, tog out, tog up, treat, trick out, trick up, trim, turn, vesture, wear, wearable, woman's clothing

Origin of the word Dress

  1. early 14c., "make straight," from O.Fr. dresser "put right, put straight," from V.L. *directiare, from L. directus "direct, straight." Sense of "decorate, adorn" is late 14c.; that of "put on clothing" late 14c. Original sense survives in military meaning "align columns of troops." Dress up "attire elaborately" is from 1670s; dressing down "we… more
  2. 1606, originally any clothing, especially that appropriate to rank or to some ceremony; sense of "woman's garment" is first recorded 1638, with overtones of "made not merely to clothe but to adorn." Dressing "bandage" is first recorded 1713. Dress rehearsal first recorded 1828. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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