Definitions for Dressdrɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an outer garment for women and girls, consisting of bodice and skirt cut or sewn as one piece.

    Category: Clothing

  2. clothing; apparel; garb.

    Category: Clothing

  3. formal attire.

    Category: Clothing

  4. a particular form of appearance; guise.

  5. outer covering, as the plumage of birds.

    Category: Zoology

  6. (adj.)of or for a dress or dresses.

  7. of or for a formal occasion.

    Category: Clothing

  8. requiring formal dress.

    Category: Clothing

  9. (v.t.)to put clothing upon; clothe.

  10. to decorate, esp. for display; trim: to supply with accessories; adorn; embellish.

    to dress a store window.

    Category: Clothing

  11. to design clothing for or sell clothes to.

    Category: Clothing

  12. to comb out and do up (hair).

    Category: Clothing

  13. to trim and remove the feathers or skin, viscera, etc., of (fowl, game, etc.), esp. as preparation for cooking.

    Category: Cooking

  14. to garnish with a dressing:

    to dress a salad with oil and vinegar.

    Category: Cooking

  15. to prepare or finish (a raw or unfinished product) by various processes, as by tanning (skins) or shaping (stone).

    Category: Clothing, Building Trades

  16. to apply medication or a dressing to (a wound or sore).

    Category: Medicine

  17. to make straight; bring (troops) into line:

    to dress ranks.

  18. to cultivate (land, fields, etc.).

    Category: Agriculture

  19. (v.i.)to put on one's clothes.

  20. to put on or wear formal or fancy clothes:

    to dress for dinner.

    Category: Clothing

  21. to come into line, as troops.

  22. to align oneself with the next soldier, marcher, dancer, etc., in line.

  23. dress down, to reprimand; scold. to dress informally or less formally.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  24. dress up, to put on one's best or fanciest clothing. to dress in costume or in the style of another person. to make more appealing or acceptable, as by omitting unpleasant features or details.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for dress:

  1. dress ship, to decorate a ship by hoisting lines of flags running its full length. U.S. Navy. to display the national ensigns at each masthead and on the flagstaff.

    Category: Idiom, Navy

Origin of dress:

1275–1325; ME < AF dresser, dresc(i)er, to arrange, prepare, OF drecier < VL *dīrēctiāre, der. of L dīrēctusdirect

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dress, frock(noun)

    a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice

  2. attire, garb, dress(noun)

    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

    "formal attire"; "battle dress"

  3. apparel, wearing apparel, dress, clothes(adj)

    clothing in general

    "she was refined in her choice of apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same store"; "fastidious about his dress"

  4. full-dress, dress(adj)

    suitable for formal occasions

    "formal wear"; "a full-dress uniform"; "dress shoes"

  5. dress, full-dress(verb)

    (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes

    "a dress dinner"; "a full-dress ceremony"

  6. dress, get dressed(verb)

    put on clothes

    "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"

  7. dress, clothe, enclothe, garb, raiment, tog, garment, habilitate, fit out, apparel(verb)

    provide with clothes or put clothes on

    "Parents must feed and dress their child"

  8. dress(verb)

    put a finish on

    "dress the surface smooth"

  9. dress, dress up(verb)

    dress in a certain manner

    "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; "he dressed up in a suit and tie"

  10. preen, primp, plume, dress(verb)

    dress or groom with elaborate care

    "She likes to dress when going to the opera"

  11. dress, dress out(verb)

    kill and prepare for market or consumption

    "dress a turkey"

  12. dress, line up(verb)

    arrange in ranks

    "dress troops"

  13. trim, garnish, dress(verb)

    decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

  14. dress, decorate(verb)

    provide with decoration

    "dress the windows"

  15. dress(verb)

    put a dressing on

    "dress the salads"

  16. snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back(verb)

    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

    "dress the plants in the garden"

  17. dress(verb)

    cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width

  18. dress(verb)

    convert into leather

    "dress the tanned skins"

  19. dress(verb)

    apply a bandage or medication to

    "dress the victim's wounds"

  20. dress, groom, curry(verb)

    give a neat appearance to

    "groom the dogs"; "dress the horses"

  21. dress, arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe, coiffure(verb)

    arrange attractively

    "dress my hair for the wedding"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dress(verb)ɛs

    to wear a particular type of clothing

    Remember to dress for hot weather.; children dressing as ghosts and monsters for Halloween

  2. dressɛs

    ≠ undress

    Dress the kids first.; I got dressed as quickly as I could.

  3. dressɛs

    to clean and bandage a wound

    ***The nurse dressed the cut.

  4. dress(noun)ɛs

    a piece of women's clothing that covers the upper body and part or all of the legs

    a beautiful red dress; a wedding dress

  5. dressɛs

    clothes for a particular occasion, group, or historical period

    in full military dress; casual/formal dress; traditional Austrian dress


  1. dress(Noun)

    An item of clothing (usually worn by a woman or young girl) which covers the upper part of the body as well as below the waist.

    Amy and Mary looked very pretty in their dresses.

  2. dress(Noun)

    Apparel, clothing.

    He came to the party in formal dress.

  3. dress(Noun)

    The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.

  4. dress(Verb)

    To prepare oneself; to make ready.

  5. dress(Verb)

    To adorn, ornament.

  6. dress(Verb)

    To treat (a wound, or wounded person).

  7. dress(Verb)

    To prepare (food) for cooking, especially by seasoning it.

  8. dress(Verb)

    To fit out with the necessary clothing; to clothe, put clothes on (something or somebody).

    He was dressed in the latest fashions.

  9. dress(Verb)

    To clothe oneself; to put on clothes.

  10. dress(Verb)

    Of a man, to allow the genitals to fall to one side or other of the trousers.

    Does sir dress to the right or the left?

  11. dress(Verb)

    To prepare the surface of (a material; usually stone or lumber).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dress(verb)

    to direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order

  2. Dress(verb)

    to arrange in exact continuity of line, as soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at proper distance; to align; as, to dress the ranks

  3. Dress(verb)

    to treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part

  4. Dress(verb)

    to adjust; to put in good order; to arrange; specifically: (a) To prepare for use; to fit for any use; to render suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready; as, to dress a slain animal; to dress meat; to dress leather or cloth; to dress or trim a lamp; to dress a garden; to dress a horse, by currying and rubbing; to dress grain, by cleansing it; in mining and metallurgy, to dress ores, by sorting and separating them

  5. Dress(verb)

    to cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish

  6. Dress(verb)

    to put in proper condition by appareling, as the body; to put clothes upon; to apparel; to invest with garments or rich decorations; to clothe; to deck

  7. Dress(verb)

    to break and train for use, as a horse or other animal

  8. Dress(verb)

    to arrange one's self in due position in a line of soldiers; -- the word of command to form alignment in ranks; as, Right, dress!

  9. Dress(verb)

    to clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments; to pay particular regard to dress; as, to dress quickly

  10. Dress(noun)

    that which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel

  11. Dress(noun)

    a lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress

  12. Dress(noun)

    attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it

  13. Dress(noun)

    the system of furrows on the face of a millstone


  1. Dress

    Dress is the 1991 single by PJ Harvey.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Dress' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2525

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Dress' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2424

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Dress' in Nouns Frequency: #945

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Dress' in Verbs Frequency: #370

Translations for Dress

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


what one is wearing or dressed in

He has strange tastes in dress.

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